I will not watch this again, but there were entertaining 92 minutes today.
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I will not watch this again, but there were entertaining 92 minutes today.
The movie is predictable, you'll figure it out after about ten minutes. Regardless of that fact, it still pulls you in from the very first moment. You will want to see it through to the end, I promise!
Bel Powley really shines in this movie. Her acting is superb, and she portrays the character extremely well. Matter of fact she pretty much carries this film by herself. I've never seen any other movie she has been in, but after this, I can guarantee she is someone you will want to keep an eye on. The supporting cast did a really good job also.
Do you want to be entertained, or do you just want to complain? Leave it all at the door, just watch it and be entertained. It's not meant to be the best film ever, and win hundreds of awards.
I wouldn't so much call it horror, more of a thriller. I really liked the idea of the wildling creatures. I wish they had made the movie just a tad bit longer and fully played out some of the ideas that died towards the end.
Overall the movie was good, nothing award winning, but definitely a movie to keep in the collection. Watch it, enjoy, don't overthink this.
Negatives: I felt that the final quarter of the film succumbed to slash/horror tropes that detracted from the intelligence of the rest of the film. A more subtle or poignant ending would have made this film memorable, maybe even achieving cult status. It saddens me that the screenwriter/director failed at the final hurdle.
Verdict: Definitely worth a watch, if only to revel in Bel Powley's amazing eyes.
Anna befriends Cooper's teen brother Ray (Collin Kelly-Sordelet) and defends him when he is attacked by school bullies. Her strength is developing, her hearing is ultra-keen and new teeth are growing as she begins to eat meat, her periods start to appear. She chases a deer through the woods and encounters a character dressed in wolfskins (James Le Gros), a Shaman like figure who helps her to adjust to the changes.
This film has some faults, a couple of plot holes, but it is an effective Horror/Thriller with great acting by Bel Powley who at one moment is gentle and vulnerable and shortly afterwards bites a tormentors throat out. There is no swift change to the Wildling state, new teeth grow, nails lengthen, she becomes more hirsute. She longs to see the Aurora Borealis, wants to head North. She feels at home in the woods.
Liv Tyler is effective as the empathic Sheriff and Dourif convinces as the conflicted Daddy. Production design, art direction, make up and effects all coalesce to crate an eerie dark feel, choreographed by Director and co-writer Fritz Bohm (with Florian Eder) who adds a new and powerful twist to the Lycantrophe legend in his debut film as director. 8/10.
I felt a tug between two different movies. Was this a horror film? Or was this a character study about what it would be like to be totally sheltered and then see the amazing outside world for the first time? I don't think it holds up well as a horror movie. Nothing was very scary to me. I was much more interested in Powley's character as she experienced the outside world for the first time. Her scene as a passenger driving in a car for the first time was great. She held on for dear life as they traveled 25 MPH! I found myself thinking what it could be like to be locked up for 16+ years never experiencing the outside world.
Ultimately, she did make a horror transformation. I was disappointed that she never changed back and had to live out her life in Wildling form. I would have liked to have seen her change when she became one with nature or more sexual, but then change back to human form when just living her every day life. Major Issues for me: 1) I had a major issue with the ending. It was like the movie ran out of budget and had to end it. Did she really get to the Northern Lights by foot with a helpless baby? I didn't understand this at all. I know it was her dream to see the northern lights, but sorry, she couldn't just walk there could she?
2) What was with the "Daddy" character? Why did he save her to begin with? He was hellbent on destroying any trace of the wildlings. And if he knew that she wouldn't become a wildling until puberty, then why did she need to stay locked up until then? Didn't anyone notice him buying all this baby stuff? It's a really small town. People would notice. How did he care for the baby by himself? I have about 10 other questions about this "Daddy" character that made no sense to me.
I viewed this movie on Amazon Prime, and I found it an interesting movie to experience. I wasn't crazy about her ultimate transformation. It seemed like she had to live her life isolated with no friends and just her baby to take care of. Others have said this is the tale of a girl becoming a woman and dealing with mens' expectations and more. I would hope that after becoming a woman, you weren't left alone in the woods. I would hope you would be able to enjoy being part of the community and fully embrace your power and independence. I got none of this from the ending.
In essence its a coming of age movie about a young girl discovering herself and adapting to the world she finds herself in.
Its quite obvious to see why Bel Powley was cast as the main lead as she does such an amazing job of portraying someone with animalistic characteristics and equally as a child stepping into a young adults world for the first time.
If you are looking for a horror slasher gory monster movie then this really isn't it although there are some scenes of gore and violence its really more of a tangled love story about a girl finding her belonging in the world she finds herself thrust into.
While its entertaining and intriguing for the most part and as others have already stated it is obvious where the film is going but this none the less doesn't detract from the enjoyable experience.
Would I personally pay full price for this in a cinema? Probably not. Pay to stream it on download for the family; sure.
Well - it is - sort of. I had only read taglines so the film was much as I expected to begin with, then everything changes and the story goes in a different and unexpected (for me anyway) direction.
A strong cast and excellent production really involves you in the characters and story.
I wouldn't say this is a 'brilliant' film - but it is damn good and well worth watching.
The tone of this movie is creepy from the get-go and even though you can put it together as you go along, the top-notch acting pulls you in and keeps you there. I was never bored waiting for something to happen.
Bel Powley was absolutely brilliant in the lead role from start to finish and the make-up was so well-done. They went with practical effects and it is so appreciated!
Ginger Snaps has been my go-to for the quintessential female (coming-of-age) werewolf film for years, now. This will need a few more viewings before I swap this one for that one, but I feel like there's finally a contender and I LOVE that.
It's a great looking film there can be no question about that. A surprising amount of work has gone into making every shot in the film exquisite to look at. It's also very well edited and put together. I would happily put a big-budget feature in the hands of writer/director Fritz Böhm.
The acting was also pretty good for the most part. There are some quite strong actors/actresses among the cast. I did have a lot of trouble buying Liv Tyler as a policewoman though I have to say. Her voice was far too soft for the role and her personality didn't convince me either. There's just enough in 'Wildling' to keep it from becoming completely unwatchable, but it's certainly not a film that will stick with me in any way I suspect.
The acting was amazing, by the one and only Bel Powley, and of course Liv Tyler wasn't so bad either!
The special effects were to no complaint, except maybe at one point towards the ending. (Trying not to spoil anything!) If you watch it, and as myself if a big fan of special effects, I'm sure you'll know what I'm talking about.
Original, but predictable, very, HIGHLY enjoyable, and I definitely do recommend seeing this movie at least once.
HOWEVER! If you are looking for a horror movie, this is not it. I'd call this more of a .. Mystery/fantasy-ish kinda movie. So as I said, don't expect to be spooked by this film, as it should not be classified as a horror. I say this with confidence as a horror-lover.
Good--The acting was extremely well done. The direction stayed on track. There were no hanging loose ends, there was closure to the ending. Yes, the viewer may not get what they want (for a change, thank god).
In any event, I personally found the movie reasonably original.
Bad--The wildling and humans turn out to be the same species, 'they' sacrificed plot believability in order to inject some empathetic drama. The primary antagonist does not add up, and this character gets typical Hollywood closure.
The film grabs your interest from the start. However the grip slips as the film moves beyond the point of no return. I would have liked to have seen her first response to television. She watches a computer like she had been around them her whole life. They needed a rewrite on that scene.
Guide: F-word, sex, nudity?