Wolf is Bizarre and a Slow Trudge

On description alone, Wolf sounds interesting. A movie that could have potential and an (almost) original story that could bring with it a strong story. But instead, the movie starts slow and never picks up. A quiet and artistic attempt at making a statement about mental health – but instead will have the audience checking their emails on their phones rather than watching the movie. It’s not like they’ll miss much of the story, since it’s completely lacking.

Wolf is the story of Jacob, a teen boy who believes he is a wolf. His parents send him to live at a facility that treats other teens with Lycanthropy, or the belief that they are actually an animal. The movie doesn’t call out the condition but instead just shows a bunch of teens that are dressed up as or acting like different animals. The facility is supposed to treat them for their condition but instead, it is shown over and over again that they are screamed at, abused, and put into situations that cause them harm. This is probably one of the hardest parts of the movie to watch. There is nothing artistic depicting the abuse of people by caregivers or people who have been entrusted with their mental health.

Along the way, Jacob meets a girl at the facility that he becomes interested in. Their relationship isn’t well developed, just a quickly formed thing to try to move the story along. I get that the movie only has a limited time to show things, but as slow as the story is – they could have used some of this time to actually develop a believable relationship. Instead, we are met with awkward sex scenes that include crawling around and growling, and other moments that are just not appealing for the majority of viewers.

The movie drags, it goes from almost no sound to screaming in an instant and barely has a story. Wolf may have an audience somewhere, but I’m struggling to find where. Art for the sake of making art is fine, but it has to be something that will actually be enjoyed by someone.

Wolf is in theaters on December 3rd.

Overall Rating:

Two Stars Review

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About Wolf:

Believing he is a wolf trapped in a human body, Jacob eats, sleeps, and lives like a wolf – much to the shock of his family. When he’s sent to a clinic, Jacob and his animal-bound peers are forced to undergo increasingly extreme forms of ‘curative’ therapies. However, once he meets the mysterious Wildcat, and as their friendship blossoms into an undeniable infatuation, Jacob is faced with a challenge: will he renounce his true self for love?

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