'Wolf' Review: Should You Watch This Insanity or Not?

Is this arthouse film a little too outside our realm of comfort or is "Wolf" just weird enough to work?

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Wolf Review: Should You Watch This Insanity or Not?

© Focus Features / Courtesy Everett Collection

Focus Features has just released an indie film that is sure to have you scratching your head. The new psychological drama flick hitting theaters this weekend is titled "Wolf." It follows a young man who's dealing with a mental illness known as species dysphoria. He tries to battle his inner thoughts that make him believe he's a wolf trapped in a human's body. Because of this, he's sent away and subjected to some extreme treatments by a therapist known as the Zookeeper. And with that, you can kind of already tell this will be one of those films where you'll probably walk out with more questions than answers. Before you enter the zoo in "Wolf," check out our thoughts.

Reasons to Watch...

© Focus Features / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Focus Features / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • George MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp will have you completely entranced with their commitment to these peculiar characters. Watching them seamlessly switch back and forth between their animal and human personas is a sight to behold.
  • Though the subject matter is far from the norm, director Nathalie Biancheri does a great job grounding this abstract idea. She doesn't put the main focus on the absurdity of the characters but more on how the characteristics of their given animal inform what kind of person they are.
  • It's especially interesting to see how these "animals" interact with those from different groups. Some are more cordial while others are more standoffish.

Or Not...

© Focus Features / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Focus Features / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • Some audiences may lose interest due to the unusual concept.
  • It can feel like we're watching an acting exercise you might see at theater school rather than a compelling story about kids struggling with self-identity.
  • Given the complex nature of the film, we expected an even deeper dive into the psychology behind the characters and their illnesses.

Watch or Not?

With "Wolf," we're going to say most conventional movie fans can probably skip this one.

Our biggest critique is that we're presented with an abstract idea, and rather than drilling down on the cause of this strange disorder, the film focuses more on a therapist who's implementing outlandish and unconventional treatments.

For the arthouse crowd, it's so strange you may enjoy it. We also give kudos to all the actors portraying the different animals. Watching them howl and walk on all fours might be enough to make the film worth watching.

Available to watch now in theaters

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Wolf

R

Drama

December 3, 2021

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Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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