The first Marvel Cinematic Universe television film based on the famed horror comic of the same name is a fantastic new edition to the ever-growing franchise. Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino made his directorial debut, and right out of the gate, his direction was outstanding. Inspired by the classic 1930s and 1940s Hammer horror film series, Giacchino creates a gothic and horrifying environment, making you feel the impending fear that’s coming when we finally meet the title monster. Gael García Bernal gives a fantastic performance as the main character Jack Russell AKA Werewolf by Night. The action scenes featuring Bernal are some of the most violent sequences we have seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also giving great performances in the film are Laura Donnelly as famed monster hunter Elsa Bloodstone and Harriet Sansom Harris as main antagonist Verussa Bloodstone. “Werewolf by Night” may be only fifty minutes long. Still, thanks to the gorgeous black and white cinematography, fantastic direction from Michael Giacchino, violent action scenes, and outstanding performances from Gael García Bernal, Laura Donnelly, and Harriet Sansom Harris, “Werewolf by Night” was an excellent experiment for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to try out and they achieved tremendous success. It also established that Michael Giacchino is a fantastic composer and now an incredible director, which makes me excited to see what he does next as a director.
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