The recent word on this one has been mostly negative, with talk of last minute reshoots and endless release date pushbacks leading folks to believe that it’s a misfire being readied for the clip. But after watching this first official trailer, though, I’m still as excited for The Wolfman (starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt) as I was on day one. There’s certainly causes for concern, most notably that there’s an unfortunate sense of Van Helsing’s period-film-with-actors-that-look-very-out-of-place in its air. Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere.com) said it best, with, “[Del Toro] plays an American but let’s face it — he looks like a dressed-up Tijuana narcotics detective.” The man-to-wolf transformation shots look quite slick, though, yet still nothing in comparison to that of 198’s An American Werewolf in London, the measuring stick upon all future lycanthropic changes shall be judged. I’m sticking to the assumption that this will rip through the preceding skepticism and emerge as a winner.
I’ve been terribly wrong before, though (Black Christmas remake, anyone?), so I’m not willing to bet cash on this. But give the trailer your own look and see where you stand.
Quick question, first……why would Universal premiere this trailer within minutes of the unveiling of James Cameron’s Avatar preview? There must’ve been some way of preventing that. Epic failure; The Wolfman has become the Farrah Fawcett to Avatar‘s Michael Jackson. Is that insensitive? I’m sure it is.
Lastly, tell me that Benicio Del Toro wasn’t born to play a wolfman? Just look at dude:
Trailer after the jump: