A bit of a review and some spoilers behind the cut.
The things I didn't like: Olivier Martinez and his fucked up accent. He couldn't decide what he was supposed to be, I guess, so he mixed his French with some weird bastardized Romanian. I also didn't like that his Gabriel was an asshole. That's one change from the book that sucks.
I liked Astrid, even though she's a sweetie instead of the evil bitch from the novel. I could buy her as Rafe's mother (though in the book, they weren't related at all, and were in fact lovers). The scene where she is told of Rafe's death is hearbreaking.
Now the ending...I know that earlier I was bitching about the changes, but now that I've seen the movie, I really don't mind so much. I'll just accept that the novel and film are two totally seperate entities. Sure, in the book, Aiden is a wimp, and doesn't accept Vivian when he learns her true nature. But a Hollywood picture needs a Hollywood ending, so Aiden is the hero and Gabriel the bad guy. Somehow it works. The ending is a bit silly (but of course it had to end with a building blowing up!), but I found the whole thing entertaining.
DVD goodies- a nice commentary with the director, Katja von Garnier and Martinez. The mystery of Bryan Dick's weird eyes is solved- his wolf had one brown and one blue eye, so von Garnier decided that Bryan would wear a brown contact lens. I loved hearing about the "wolf camp", and wish there had been a feature about it. There are also many deleted scenes. They weren't important to the story, but nice.
Bottom line- hardly a great movie, but an enjoyable way to pass an evening. Not a lot of blood, and it's more of a chick flick than a werewolf film, but fun. Not quite three stars out of four, but close.
I wish I could make screencaps. There's one sexy shot of Bryan in the deleted scenes (when did he get chest hair? ) that I'd love to have. Actually, there are a lot of pretty Hugh shots, too. I kind of like his scruffy look.
Edit: and I actually watched it sober. I may watch while drinking this weekend. Might be even better that way!