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Movie Reviews
by Jonathan McKee

Wolfman, The (6/1/2010)

Rated R for bloody horror violence and gore.

Directed by Joe Johnson (Hidalgo, Jurassic Park III…)

Starring Benecio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, Emily Blunt…

Jonathan's Rating: A Coaster

Wolfman was a huge surprise…surprisingly disappointing.

It’s not that I had huge expectations for the film. But how can you not have high expectations when you see a film with Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving (think “Agent Smith” from the Matrix, or Elrond in The Lord of the Rings) and even Emily Blunt, who is proving to be quite the gifted actress.

But then the film started.

It was truly one of the worst films I’ve seen this year.

The first scene was so bad that it was almost comedy. As the film progressed, I wished I had let my son Alec watch it with me, because we would have sat there like the two robots from Mystery Science Theatre and mocked the film throughout (Alec is proving to be a pretty witty young lad!)

If someone ever hands you The Wolfman on DVD… just use it as a coaster for your drink.

Nope. The violence was over the top…almost as if it was a film student’s experiment with gory effects just to be gory.

Side Note:
As said above, we don't recommend your kids see this film. But on the occasion that they actually have already seen it, you may want to dialogue about the film with them. These questions below may be a help to you.

Conversation Starter
Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):

  1. What are some of the messages or themes you observed in this movie?

  2. How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to this movie?

  3. How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about this movie to actually living out those opinions?

Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee is the author of over a dozen books including the brand new More Than Just the Talk, Sex Matters, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three kids Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.

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