Monday, February 15, 2010

the wolfman (johnston, 2010)

For better or worse, Joe Johnston's ability to make creature-features that are in any way reliant on both atmosphere and shocks mark him as closer to Classical than most helmers on today's payroll. He has yet to make a good film, though, so ascribing this to him says less about his abilities than it does about my age; also, the fact that neither his sense of space nor his check-signers' CGI dressing seems to have advanced since Jumanji gives one the impression he's stuck in time. Several of his canted angles indicate a sense of humor, and he directs his players (Del Toro, Hopkins, Weaving) inward, which dulls the pain. Bad film, worthless aesthetically, but if you're forced into it, it's low in sodium.

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