Let’s preface this review with the fact that Matt is quite possibly one of the biggest werewolf aficionado’s on the planet, having watched any and every lycanthropic-film in the last hundred years. And nothing but nothing compares to The Wolf-Man. Except, of course, The Wolfman. Faithful in all the right ways, and yet unafraid to weave a more complex storyline with more extreme Werewolf rampages, an even more foreign origin story, and an ending that will knock your socks off. Yes, that’s right, there’s a new Wolfman in Blackmoor, Chaney, and he can howl with the best of them.
Nearly 70 years after Lon Chaney Jr. first howled at the moon, Benicio Del Toro is slipping into his signature hair, ears and underbite to bring the classic Universal monster to life in Joe Johnston’s remake of The Wolf Man. With Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving and Emily Blunt along for the ride, and the visual effects make-up artist behind The Howling and An American Werewolf in London, it looks like this remake has got some serious teeth.
Guy Ritchie certainly did not let directing a period piece take away from his signature style and flair, because somehow he’s made a historical film feel relevant and modern to an audience today. With a magnificent cast, amazing characters and a story worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock is a new incarnation that will make Downey at home in the ranks of Michael Caine, Chistopher Plummer and Peter O’Toole.
If you’re looking for a director who can completely erase stuffy, old British boredom, you don’t have to go any further than Guy Ritchie. And so giving him the reigns to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Victorian detective seems like something of an inspired gamble. With Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law taking the roles of Holmes and Watson, and Canadian starlet Rachel McAdams playing a deliciously villainous love interest, the cast is as strong as the source material, but we’ll have to wait until Christmas to see what’s inside the packaging.