The Wolfman (2010)

Quick bite: The Wolfman (2010)

A ne’er-do-well actor (Benicio Del Toro) returns to his ancestral home only to contract a case of werewolfism. This turgid remake of The Wolf Man (1941) is a soulless corporate exercise in big-budget CGI spectacle from a studio that won’t be happy until it has turned its stable of classic monsters into franchise-ready comic book characters. The Wolfman seems to think that it’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), which Danny Elfman’s score quotes liberally from, despite not having a single thing in common besides Anthony Hopkins in a key supporting role. The script is standard PG-13 dreck, yet the film gets an R for artless digital gore, surely a lose-lose from the studio’s perspective. But the monster battle ought to please them. Directed by Joe Johnston.