Universal Studios resurrects the classic lycanthrope with this tale of an American who experiences an unsettling transformation after returning to his ancestral home in Victorian-era Great Britain and being attacked by a rampaging werewolf. His brother having recently vanished without a trace, haunted nobleman Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) returns to his family estate to investigate. What he discovers upon reuniting with his estranged father (Anthony Hopkins), however, is a destiny far darker than his blackest nightmares. As a young boy, the untimely death of his mother caused Talbot to grow up before his time. Though Talbot would attempt to bury his pain in the past by leaving the quiet Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor behind, the past returns with a vengeance when his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), convinces him to return home and aid the search for his missing brother. But something monstrous has been stalking the residents of Blackmoor from the nighttime shadows, something not quite human. Not even recently arrived Scotland Yard inspector Aberline (Hugo Weaving) can dream up a rational explanation for the gruesome spell that has been cast over Blackmoor, yet rumors of an ancient curse persist to this very day. According to legend, the afflicted will experience a horrific transformation by the light of the full moon, their animal rage becoming far too powerful for their human bodies to contain. Now, the woman Talbot loves is in mortal danger, and in order to protect her he must venture into the moonlit woods and destroy the beast before it destroys her. But this isn’t your typical hunt, because before the beast can be slain, a simple man will uncover a primal side of himself that he never knew existed. Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker pens a film directed by Joe Johnston and featuring creature effects by special-effects makeup legend Rick Baker. —IMDb
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Joe Johnston originally intended to become a commercial artist, but a summer job drawing sketches and storyboards for George Lucas’ “Star Wars” (1977) altered the course of his career forever. As an artistic director at the famed Industrial Light & Magic Company, his work included designing Yoda for “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), the first of three films for which he served as visual effects art director. He shared an Academy Award for the visual effects on Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), and after performing similar duty on “Return of the Jedi” (1983) and second unit work on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), Johnston got the hankering to direct and returned to school to study filmmaking at USC, all the while continuing his special effects work as ultralight sequence designer of the big budget bomb “Howard the Duck” (1986) and production designer of the ABC-TV projects “The Ewok Adventure” (1984) and “Ewoks… read more
Etant donné que je n’en attendais rien de particulier, je dois avouer avoir ressenti un petit plaisir coupable face à ce film.
Bon passons outre, les effets spéciaux qui passeront vite de mode… read review
Creative new werewolf story, but a bit dull. I watched the unrated director’s cut. I liked the premise of Del Toro playing Lawrence Talbot as an actor who has left home and has been working in America… read review
Burgeoning director and former Oscar winning F/X wizard Joe Johnston (“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” & “Jurassic Park III”) trams-up with screenwriters Andrew Kevin Walker (“Se7en” & “Sleepy Hollow… read review