How ‘Bout That

March 2, 2010 by  
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Movie Review: Clap for “The Wolfman

“Even a man who is pure in heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolf bane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright.”

It had me at wolf bane when I was 12 years old. I grieved for Lon Chaney in the black and white version then and now for Benicio Del Toro in the 2010 color version. (As for the victims, no real humans were harmed in the filming.)  I grieve because, unlike Dracula and modern day vampires who enjoy their lifestyles, the Wolfman or the Wolf Man (not sure which he prefers) is tormented.  No matter how hard he resists, he knows what will happen when the wolf bane blooms, and it’s not pretty.

Many of us have done things under the Tybee moonlight best left unmentioned.  But compared to sprouting hair, claws, monstrous teeth and munching on the villagers, our transgressions are in the minor league. For example, once a man (and you know who you are) took his teeth out at a local bar and clicked them at my step-daughter.  Thankfully she emerged unscathed.

For some (and you know who you are), it could be rather therapeutic to enter the Wolfman’s tragic world for a few hours.  Suspend reason, surrender to gloomy, shadowy, foggy Victorian England on the big screen, and appreciate the fact that even the WM can be an object of love (oh, there is hope for all of us).  You’ll feel better about your own life.

Be forewarned. There is a slight shift in the story line involving Anthony Hopkins as the father figure. All I will reveal is that no one plays a more civilized lunatic.   Also the computerized special effects sort of ruin the mood at the end, and blood and gore are NOT left up to your imagination.  But, making up for everything, there is a terrific scene where you will want to Clap, Clap, Clap for the Wolfman as he gets in the last word…or bite…with a doctor who doubts his symptoms.  With thanks to The Guess Who, “You gonna dig it ’til the day you die!”

Until next time!

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