The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf | Lore, Gore and Tears

The world of Netflix’s the Wither is expanding with this animated film, a spin-off to the series, staring Theo James (Divergent series), Lara Pulver (Sherlock, True Blood), Graham McTavish (Outlander, The Hobbit Trilogy), Mary McDonnell (Major Crimes), Tom Canton (The Witcher), and Matt Yang King (Trese).

Premise: Before Geralt, there was his mentor Vesemir, a swashbuckling young witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slays monsters for coin and glory. But when a strange new menace begins terrorizing a politically-fraught kingdom, he must face the demons of his past.

Review: I need to get this off my chest but watching this, I disturbed by two things: The first a lot of the voice cast are in Castlevania and it was a bit distracting at the begining. The other thing is that I realized that the Witchers themselves and their world is very similar to a favorite anime of mine name Claymore. Norihiro Yagi‘s dark fantasy manga series is basically a gender swapped version of The Witcher. My mind is blown. I watched season one, even knew the games a little bit but this never occurred to me until now. If you have a chance, at least check out the Claymore‘s anime it’s great.

Anyway, right of the bat I love how the plot unfolds. Timeline-wise it’s close to how the show’s first season goes, but more importantly it shows how Vesemir evolved. The movie gives us a lot of back story on the Witchers that the show’s first season didn’t provide, but it sheds light on the reasons behind some of the prejudices against Witchers. It’s not as simple as they’re hated because of who they are, even if they’s some of that. There’s a rich history here, some juicy and easy to grasp geopolitical maneuvering. Being an animated movie the Witchers seem to be more powerful and otherworldly than Cavill does in the series. There are also more monsters and gory details.

This animated movie really builds to quite the climax, with amazing action sequences that are very well designed, good twists, and a bittersweet ending. I enjoyed the film and learned a lot about the lore.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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The Divergent series: Allegiant

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Based on The “Divergent” book series by Veronica Roth, “Allegiant” is the latest film adapted by Robert Schwentke, and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Naomi Watts and a slew of young actors.

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Premise: After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

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Review:  After Insurgent I was skeptical, I wasn’t exactly rushing to see this film but I was quickly engaged in the story. The cinematography was beautiful and a step up to the previous film. The pace was nice and easy, there isn’t much going on, but I was entertained. I did feel like some characters were mishandled some were done away so quickly and without much impact that I almost rolled my eyes. The big baddy in this one start off great but becomes very stereotypical that it feels like the actor gave up at some point, or the direction given hindered the character.

Allegiant is a step up from Insurgent but it’s not as good as Divergent. At least that’s what I think, what about you?

Insurgent

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Based on the second installment of the Divergent novels by Veronica Roth, the film was directed by Robert Schwentke and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Milles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts & Octavia Spencer.

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Premise: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.

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Review: Divergent – the first book – was interesting but the first movie was even better, way better if you ask me. They managed to cast great actors and make a realistic futuristic movie. Despite having a different director Insurgent

looks familiar I easily slipped back into a world I was already familiar with. The movie is visually impressive, even though it looks a bit too CGI-ish for my taste, making the film not as grounded as Divergent was so at times it feels like watching a video game or an animated version of it. 

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The acting is OK, I mean it’s a good cast so what they bring to the table fits the story and the emotional journey these characters have been through. But – because of course there is one – Theo James’ (Four) age is seriously starting to show. I know he’s only 30 – and Teller is 28 – but in the first movie it didn’t seem as weird that he’s with Tris (Woodley) but next to 46 years old Naomi Watts, who looks 35, maybe forty, it’s really weird. They look like brothers and sisters at best, they could have aged Watts or cast someone else completely because how young was she when she had him? 12?
It will be even weirder to see her playing opposite Ray Stevenson (Marcus Eaton) – Four’s dad – who’ll look like a dirty old man next to her, which is probably why we’ll see very little of that.

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I wish these aspects of the film were the only ones I had a problem with but on top of all of that Insurgent lacks rhythm. It’s missing the slow, intense build up in which the tension and the action grows to an entertaining climax but it never doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong it is action-packed – kinda -, a rich adventure of a film but whenever the tension builds up it quickly dies down to go back up again at some point and that’s how it is throughout the movie. It comes and goes in waves but never rides on the high the previous action scenes gave you.

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Although, it’s faithful to the book Insurgent was a bit of a disappointment I expected better. It’s only slightly more entertaining than the book, they could have done better. 

What did you think?

Insurgent

Based on the second installment of the Divergent novels by Veronica Roth, the film was directed by Robert Schwentke and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts & Octavia Spencer.

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Premise: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.

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Review: Divergent – the first book – was interesting but the first movie was even better, way better if you ask me. But despite having a different director Insurgent looks familiar I easily slipped back into a world I was already familiar with. The movie is visually impressive, even though it looks a bit too CGI-ish for my taste, making the film not as grounded as Divergent was so at times it feels like watching a video game or an animated version of it.

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The acting is OK, I mean it’s a good cast so what they bring to the table fits the story and the emotional journey these characters have been through. But – because of course there is one – Theo James’ (Four) age is seriously starting to show. I know he’s only 30 – and Teller is 28 – but in the first movie it didn’t seem as weird that he’s with Tris (Woodley) but next to 46 years old Naomi Watts, who looks 35, maybe forty, it’s really weird. They look like brothers and sisters at best, they could have aged Watts or cast someone else completely because how young was she when she had him? 12?
It will be even weirder to see her playing opposite Ray Stevenson (Marcus Eaton) – Four’s dad – who’ll look like a dirty old man next to her, which is probably why we’ll see very little of that.

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I wish these aspects of the film were the only ones I had a problem with but on top of all of that Insurgent lacks rhythm. It’s missing the slow, intense build up in which the tension and the action grows to an entertaining climax but it never doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong it is action-packed – kinda -, a rich adventure of a film but whenever the tension builds up it quickly dies down to go back up again at some point and that’s how it is throughout the movie. It comes and goes in waves but never rides on the high the previous action scenes gave you.

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Although, it’s faithful to the book Insurgent was a bit of a disappointment I expected better. It’s only slightly more entertaining than the book, they could have done better.

What did you think?