Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: The Wolfman

Welcome to a new weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

The Wolfman – Opening February 12, 2010

This trailer premiered a while ago but now it’s started to pop up everywhere as the release date creeps closer. It’s a period piece that’s being marketed as a horror film but could also be much more than that. One thing which makes it particularly exciting is the extraordinarily impressive cast. Benicio Del Toro really doesn’t make movies all that frequently, and recently he’s been spending lots of time as Che Guevera in Steven Soderbergh’s overlong epic and wasted in the 2007 Halle Berry film “Things We Lost in the Fire.” But before that, he delivered stunning performances in films like “The Usual Suspects,” “Traffic,” and “21 Grams.” This role may not demand as much, but there’s one scene from the trailer which looks like a ferociously good use of his talents. As he’s presumably sitting on trial for his crimes as the Wolfman, he yells that he will kill everyone before rapidly changing into the Wolfman and then bursting out of the chair. Then there’s Anthony Hopkins, a legendary actor who has more than a dozen stellar performances to his name. This role looks like a bit more fun for the honorable Hopkins, who delights at informing Lawrence, Del Toro’s character, that he’s done terrible things. Rising star Emily Blunt has proven that she fits into olden times quite well, and her part as the grieving spouse slash love interest for Lawrence looks to be terrific. Rounding out the cast is Hugo Weaving, unforgettable as Agent Smith in “The Matrix,” in addition to his role in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and as the title character in “V for Vendetta,” here starring as a lawman in pursuit of the Wolfman. The notion of the Wolfman is an intriguing one, and hopefully director Joe Johnston, helmer of such adventure films as “Hidalgo,” “October Sky,” “Jumanji,” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” should be able to tell it in a fresh, creative way. It could be terrifying, as the shots of Blunt hiding behind a tree in the woods indicate, and it should definitely be thrilling. As long as the effects don’t become too corny, this should be a great experience. The trailer is enhanced and quickened by Immediate Music’s “Clash of the Titans.” This one should definitely be exciting – are you looking forward to it?

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