Big dud of a film with even bigger names attached to it. Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Catch 22, Regarding Henry) is obviously a talented director who knows how to pick good projects. Jack Nicholson doesn't always make the best movie choices, but is consistently entertaining in every role. Doesn't seem to matter here.
Wolf is much less a straight ahead werewolf film than it is an allegory about life in general. I'm not sure what the lesson is supposed to be and I don't really care. The problem with this film, and with nearly all big-budgeted mainstream horror films, is that it places too much emphasis on style and plot - important items granted, but not at the expense of scares and thrills, two items Wolf lacks in a big way.
It is a werewolf movie, so some slack is granted in the ridiculous department. But cliched scenes where Nicholson is padding around on all fours howling at the moon are just too dumb to gloss over. While The Fly managed to make these sorts of ideas (people inheriting animal traits) somewhat believable and entertaining, the wolf-action here is silly. And the makeup, while well done (I guess), simply makes him look like Wolverine and not a wolf.
It's not a bad movie, just kind of dull. It barely qualifies as a horror movie, which maybe it's not even supposed to be. Who knows. Stick with Dog Soldiers if you want a kick ass werewolf movie. Unless you need a film with a cameo by David Schwimmer and Prunela Scales (which was the most exciting part for me - hello Mrs. Fawlty!).
- Complaint Department