Universal Studios resurrects the classic lycanthrope with this tale of a man who experiences an unsettling transformation after he returns to his ancestral home in Victorian-era Great Britain and gets attacked by a rampaging werewolf. When Ben Talbot (Simon Merrells) vanishes into thin air, his brother Lawrence (Benicio Del Toro) returns to his family estate to investigate. Upon reuniting with his estranged father, Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins), however, he discovers a destiny far darker than his blackest nightmares. Ben is dead; the victim of a savage attack by a beast that keeps the superstitious locals cowering in fear every time the moon shines bright in the sky. Shortly after discovering his brother's true fate, Lawrence swears to Ben's wife, Gwen (Emily Blunt), that he will bring her late husband's killer to justice. As a young boy, the untimely death of his mother caused Lawrence to grow up before his time. Though Lawrence had previously attempted to bury his pain in the past by leaving the quiet Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor behind, he discovers that you can't outrun fate when he's attacked by the very same nocturnal beast that claimed his brother. Not even recently arrived Scotland Yard inspector Aberline (Hugo Weaving) can dream up a rational explanation for the gruesome spell cast over Blackmoor, yet rumors of an ancient curse persist. According to legend, the afflicted will experience a horrific transformation by the light of the full moon. Now, the woman Talbot loves is in mortal danger, and in order to protect her he must venture into the moonlit woods and destroy the beast before it destroys her. But this isn't a typical hunt, because before the beast can be slain, a simple man will uncover a primal side of himself that he never knew existed. Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker pens a film directed by Joe Johnston and featuring creature effects by special-effects makeup legend Rick Baker.~Jason Buchanan
I enjoyed this movie, and had the Unrated DVD for years. I updated to Blu-Ray, hoping to have the same Theatrical and Unrated movie. Uhmmm... where is the Unrated version. You have the option of choosing which version of the film you want to watch, I generally always choose the Unrated version, as 9 x out of 10, they are better. When it got to the sequence in London where the Wolfman is rampaging through the streets one scene is missing from this so-called Unrated version (where is the ballroom sequence with the Opera singer?). I bounced back over to the Theatrical cut, thinking maybe they screwed up the Menu options — as would be expected that scene is not in the original cut; but it is supposed to be in the Unrated version. Very POd this scene is missing. Somebody screwed up somewhere when this 2-disc set was made. If you’re looking for the complete Unrated version, this isn’t it.
I didn't actually have high hopes for this new version of Universal's Wolf Man, but it turned out that it's a beautifully rendered story. Benicio Del Toro brings both the torture of Lon Chaney Jr and smoldering of Oliver Reed into one performance. The only downside is the use of CGI for the Wolfman's antics, but overall, it's forgivable and the movie is really enjoyable.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
The Wolfman is a classic Universal horror movie; this take on the tried-and-true story is great. Emily Blunt does a great job.