Gael García Bernal, the tormented character according to Marvel’s new proposal. WithGael Garcia Bernalin the leading role and an aesthetic that pays homage to the classic monster movies of the 30s and 40s, the special“Werewolf at night”arrives tomorrow on the Disney + platform to shed light on the less traveled side of Marvel’s intellectual property.
After more than a decade of dozens of movies, and now also series, that adapt the plots of superheroes from comics, the company directed by Kevin Feige takes advantage of the Halloween season -which in the US and other latitudes is celebrated every October 31- to bring to the screen one of those characters from the franchise that only the most fervent fans of the comic know.
It’s about Jack Russell, whose origin in the pages can be traced back to the 70s and is a monster hunter himself afflicted by a family curse that turns him into a Werewolf when the moon is full.
Laura Donnelly as Elsa in “Werewolf by Night.”
The plot follows this man as he arrives at the Bloodstone Temple, following the death of the leader of a secret group of monster hunters.
There are their “colleagues” by trade and Elsa (Laura Donnell), the daughter of Bloodstone, estranged for years from her father who returned to claim what belongs to him.
As part of the funeral celebration, those present learn that the powerful relic that gave powers and longevity to the boss will be inherited by whoever manages to face a dangerous creature in a competition to the death in which, inevitably, they must also see the faces each other.
Inspired by the climates and aesthetics of the monster movies that Universal Studios had in the 30s and 40s Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, The Mummy and several more, the Marvel special proposes a black and white filter, even with the typical film burns that viewers saw when the reel was changed.
Thus, while the hunters enter a labyrinth of stone and plants in the garden in search of the beast -which will be another pleasant surprise for audiences familiar with Marvel comics-, the tribute also shines, and is appreciated, in the sound effects, the style of the titles or the privilege of makeup and practical visual effects over computer ones (which also exist).
The soundtrack stands out above the rest, which refers to the horror movies of the time and gives meaning to the union of all the parts, and which was logically chosen by the director of the special, Michael Giacchinothe award-winning composer of music for films who here enjoys only his third experience as a director (the first outside the short film format).
The 52-minute experiment works as an engaging and entertaining escape from the overabundance of superheroes; an isolated capsule of the ubiquitous Marvel universe with no pretensions to depth.
If it also works as a test and “Werewolf at night” unfolds later with its own series or movie, that remains to be seen. One thing is for sure: Disney always has an ace up his sleeve and the contract for a figure like García Bernal cannot not have a clause that opens the possibility of returning.
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