Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

DVD: The Wolfman (15)

The wolf is the thing in Joe Johnston's take on George Waggner's 1941 film, but there's enough ham here for at least three little pigs, too.

Benicio Del Toro plays Lawrence Talbot, a Shakespearian actor summoned back to his family's estate on the moors after his brother has been mauled in the woods. The villagers (replete with a curious melange of regional accents to suggest that, yes, they're working class) whisper of a curse, and when Lawrence heads out to track down the beast, he gets a wolfish love bite for his troubles. You can probably guess the rest. Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins do their best and there are some arrestingly gory moments; but why shouldn't we expect this kind of horror to be at least a little inventive and stylistically challenging?

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

It's time to take charge of your finances. You can't relax unless you have some money in the bank. Therefore, you should land a good job that brings a steady income. Don't be afraid to ask for more money than you are initially offered. A show of courage will pave the way for a good working relationship with your boss. You're tired of giving away your precious talent for a pittance. Stand in your own defence. If you don't, nobody else will.More