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There have been several recent monster movies, such as Underworld and Van Helsing, that have been more ridiculous and benign, cast in an action mold. I don’t know if The Wolfman is going to fare any better (trailers can be deceiving), but they certainly have the atmosphere down: the dark, bent, surreal take on Victorian England, with a profusion of modern music and effects. I welcome a film that feels more grounded, about as grounded as a monster movie can be, and not over the top, with trite one-liners and cardboard cutouts for characters. You can watch the second released trailer on Apple’s official site or below. If the film comes out of its troubled production history unscathed, then it has certainly deserved it.
The Wolfman is based on the 1941 classic. The director is Joe Johnston, who got his start in Hollywood doing visual work for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series and as a director has done aesthetically pleasing but perhaps unspectacular movies such as Jurassic Park III and Hidalgo (although I did quite enjoy The Rocketeer and Jumanji). Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, and Hugo Weaving star. The film is scheduled to be released on February 12th, 2010.