Film: The Wolfman 1941 & 2010Thursday, September 09, 2010
Considering the modern remake of The Wolfman came out in February, I suppose I'm quite behind in doing this post but I can't help it, I'm obsessed....perhaps you could say I'm under the spell of the Wolfman. Hopefully by posting this some seven months after the release of the remake, I will not spoil the film for anyone by discussing it below.
|Benicio Del Toro as Lawrence Talbot/ The Wolfman in the 2010 version of "The Wolfman"|
The remake of this film holds up well, in fact I'd even say the changes to the plot enhance the original elements of the story. Larry, now changed to Lawrence, returns home after many years upon the gruesome death of his brother. We later learn Lawrence has spent time as a child receiving treatment in an insane asylum after the death of his mother, this is the apparent source of tension between father and son. This history of mental instability also enhances the internal and external conflict that exists for Lawrence, is he crazy or is he really a werewolf? The massive twist to this story is that Sir John Talbot is the original monster that infects Lawrence and has murdered the rest of the family one by one, intensifying the conflict further. Gwen is indeed the love interest again in this film but she is the intended of Lawrence's deceased brother and also the character that kills the monster, as she was instructed to do by the gypsies. The audience indeed feels sympathetic towards Lawrence and Gwen as well, and we are encourage to have feelings of outrage and fear towards Lord Talbot, feelings that were never present in the original.
While the original film had many elements of a greek tragedy, the remake takes things farther by employing loose elements of the Oedipal complex. Gwen reminds both Talbot men of their wife/mother who dies (is murdered by werewolf Sir John) before the story begins. Lawrence falls in love with Gwen and seeks to kill his murderous father thus symbolically marry his mother and actually murder his father.....okay perhaps this is stretching things a bit, after all, it's just a movie.
Where the new film loses out is it's heroine. While Gwen in the 2010 version a very strong admirable character, she has nothing on the charm and beauty of Evelyn Anker. If you haven't seen the original, I recommend doing so just to admire Anker's hair and clothing.
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