Review: The Wolfman

The Wolfman, the infamously troubled and long-delayed remake of the 1941 Lon Chaney Jr. classic The Wolf Man, finally hits the silver screen this weekend nearly two years after it went before cameras. So much ink has been spilled on all the ups and downs, firings and hirings on the film that it had been widely assumed The Wolfman was a dog. It's not, but it still lacks bite. Some spoilers may follow.

Benicio Del Toro, who also produced and is a self-professed lifelong fan of the original, stars as Lawrence Talbot, a famous stage actor who returns to his native England after decades spent in America. After receiving word that his brother has gone missing, Talbot arrives at the family estate in Blackmoor to learn from his cold, hard father Sir John (Anthony Hopkins) that his brother has been found brutally murdered. Scotland Yard's Inspector Abberline (Hugo Weaving) is looking for a man, what we now know as a serial killer. But superstitious locals believe it's a fabled man-beast the gypsies call a werewolf. Lawrence encounters the wolf man during his hunt for the killer and -- you guessed it -- survives the attack only to discover that he will endure a fate worse than death. Only his late brother's fiancee, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), who has fallen for Lawrence, believes he can be saved. The werewolf has awakened in Lawrence a bloodthirsty, primal side, one that's also shared by someone else he knows.

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