The more I've seen of the film, the more I'm crossing my fingers (even the disturbingly broken ones) that Universal has pulled off a stylish and freaky remake of "The Wolfman." Benecio Del Toro approached this as a passion project, and I love that it's a no-joke Monster Kid wearing Rick Baker's make-up in this one. I still wish I could have seen what Mark Romanek would have done with the material, but considering when Joe Johnston stepped into the process, this sort of is Romanek's film. He made a lot of the big choices that will influence what you see onscreen a week from Friday.
Toshi's become a big fan of the original Universal "The Wolfman" in the last few months. It started when his godfather gave him a series of monster books, each one highlighting a different classic monster. He's had me reading them to him at bedtime almost non-stop, and he's particularly drawn to the plight of "Lorren Tablet," as played by Lon Chaney Jr. I get it. There's something heartbreaking about a monster who doesn't want to be a monster, and if this new film gets that part of it right, that'll go a long way towards making the film work. Lawrence Talbot always resonated for me as a kid, and it's interesting to see that my little budding film nerd feels the same way. It'll be a looooooong time before he ever lays eyes on this new film, of course, since it's an R-rated take on the material, but for now, he's happy to watch the final fight from "Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman" over and over, cheering as he does so.