"Darkness comes for you."Remakes can either be really good, or dreadfully bad. In the case of this year's remake of the 1941 flick The Wolfman, thankfully it's the former. Just as the classic tale unfolds, New York nobleman Lawrence Talbot (played by Benicio Del Toro) rushes back to his homeland after he receives word that his brother has vanished and is thought to be dead. Estranged from his family for many years, Talbot for the first time meets his brother's fiancee (played by Emily Blunt) and is reunited with his father (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins). But, in the midst of investigating his brother's mysterious disappearance, the town is plagued by a grizzly creature who is believed to be the cause of the Talbot vanishing.
While being tormented by nightmares from his own troubled childhood, and coping with his brother's disappearance, Lawrence gets attacked by the frightening wolf. And that's when a horrifying tailspin of events occur.
The normally low-key nobleman begins to transform into the creature he once hunted down complete with fangs, claws, a killer instinct and a bone-chilling howl at moonlight. He's scared of what he's turned into but even more terrified by the fact that he can do nothing about it. He goes on the run from villagers who fear him, and officials who want him dead. On top of all that, his father reveals a shocking new twist in the story that sends Lawrence into an even deeper rage.
If you've seen or heard about the original story, The Wolfman doesn't disappoint. Sure, it's more sinister and gory (ridiculously so at times), but Del Toro's acting is a standout. Check it out.
Reel Talk rating: B+