WEREWOLF BY NIGHT
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Harriet Sansom Harris, Laura Donnelly, Kirk R. Thatcher, Eugenie Bondurant, Leonardo Nam, Daniel J. Watts, Al Hamacher, and Richard Dixon
Director: Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino is the modern day GOAT composer because he always understands the assignment. His musical ability allows him to be entertaining, ethereal, or epic…or all three at once…and he applies that talent to his directorial debut, Werewolf By Night. Combining a 1940s black-and-white horror aesthetic, schlock and scares reminiscent of Murder By Death, and the MCU’s charming action and comedy stylings, he delivers a deftly sleek hour of entertainment perfectly fit for spooky season. The man. Understood. The assignment. Also, more of Jack (Gael García Bernal) and Ted (Carey Jones), please and thank you.
I’m not entirely sure where the disconnect is for me, but I didn’t love Werewolf by Night as much as I loved individual things about it. I dug the “classic monster movie” vibe with the black and white, but that also made the Marvel special lack vibrancy. Some scenes were very muddled and lifeless. Also, the Disney-ness of it all held back the spookiness, and the 53-minute runtime didn’t allow for great character development. That said, I loved the idea behind the show, the music is great, and I’d watch a whole series about Ted (Carey Jones). I dunno, I’m just really torn on this one.