On top of the poor narration, the film is heavily weighed down by a plethora of plotlines running simultaneously that do not build to a successful pay off in the end. Along with the main plot of finding a cursed cross, there is the mystery of a rich importer’s murder, a “Romeo /Juliet ” situation involving a boy vampire and a girl werewolf, Dylan Dog’s loss of his lover that lead to his retirement, the assistant Marcus coming to terms with his new zombie lifestyle (and diet), the emergence of a super zombie whose intentions are shrouded in mystery, Dog reconnecting with old friends in a werewolf clan, a vampire leader connected to Dog’s past that wants world domination, and rumors spreading that Dog is a monster hunter that roams the streets. The film’s climax is also anticlimactic as well as pointless since Dog does not defeat the unleashed monster or the true mastermind of the film’s events. This shows Dog, while able to put the pieces together, as an ineffectual hero when push comes to shove.
Although the plot twists become nonsensical as the film progresses, the filmmakers should be given due credit for not only adapting an obscure graphic novel, but for not adapting a specific storyline from said graphic novel or cramming in Dog’s origin story. It’s a film that takes chances by offering the comic book movie community something different than the formulaic origin movie and a lead that is not the epitome of Superman. Huntington fully delivers in his role as the comedic relief, his funniest moments coming after his resurrection as a zombie and facing the realities of being such. Another positive story aspect is its choice of its final villain. Rather than a cliché motivated monster, the mastermind is a misguided monster hunter bent on ridding the world of all the undead as part of their duty. It sets up a parallel and opposite in Dog’s opponent and calls into question his very livelihood as a protector of monsters.
Bottom line: If one can keep track of the numerous plotlines and stomach the poor execution, Dylan Dog is a fresh experience of a comic book movie.
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