— by ROB COX —
I can’t say I’ve been eagerly anticipating the upcoming “Wolfman” — I’ve always been a vampire man myself, “Twilight” not withstanding — but I admit, these seven clips do build a teensy bit of excitement. The most intriguing aspect of these clips is that they make the story seem heavily character driven, as opposed to being the empty-headed, eye-candy extravaganza one might reasonably expect this picture to be (for some reason I can’t stop remembering “Van Helsing,” when I think about this film).
Certainly, the effects gurus at Relativity Media get quite a workout with “The Wolfman,” but the look and feel evidenced here suggests substance and story accentuated over special effects. Most promising of all, is that “The Wolfman” hardly seems without style. The cinematography and costume design look first rate. The performances look strong too, but with Benicio Del Torro, Anthony Hopkins and Hugo Weaving headlining the cast, it’d be hard to envision anything less.
Director Joe Johnston has a somewhat mixed resume in terms of quality, but he’s certainly no stranger to big, epic movies and he appears to know how to spin a crowd pleaser. The same could be said for screenwriters Andrew Walker and David Self.
It’s hard to judge a film’s overall quality on seven, less-than-a-minute clips, but “The Wolfman” does show promise. Ironically enough, my favorite snippet of the seven, “The Streets of London,” may be the most effects-laden of the bunch (with “Gypsy” and “Take Him Away” being close seconds). Did someone use the term “empty-headed” earlier?
“The Wolfman” snarls into theaters Feb. 12.
Source: Trailer Addict
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