Film Review: Brotherhood Of The Wolf


First of all, this film is French. I must have forgotten that when the DVD first started to play, because the voice over was English. Then the dubbing was pretty skillfully voice-matched. However, once I realised that it was dubbed, I flicked straight over to French audio and turned the subtitles on. And THAT is how this film should be watched.

At first, I was drawn to it, because I have a thing for Mark Dacascos (Crying Freeman is great, if a little cheesy) and I could see that he was going to be kicking some ass in it.

Then the story began to catch me.

Gentle pushes at a love story with a fabulous fight scene or two which, though out of place in 1700s France, were still great to watch.

The film charts the hunt for a cruel and vicious wolf terrorising the people of the countryside. The King (Louis XV I believe) had sent numerous grips to capture and kill the beast, but none had been able, until the arrival of the good doctor and his adopted Indian brother.

What I also didn’t realise was that the story was based on a true one. There really was a creature chomping down on the villagers in the 1700s. There really had been several attempts to get it and there really were in excess of 100 deaths. I feel the need to watch it again with that knowledge forefront in my mind as I feel that would have made some difference to how the film felt for me.

Regardless of that, it was a highly enjoyable piece, with impressive sets, beautiful costumes, and kung-fu worthy choreography with even made me pause, rewind and play a few times.

The wolves were beautiful too.

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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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3 Responses to Film Review: Brotherhood Of The Wolf

  1. I love this movie. I’m a big monster story buff so I was already familiar with the whole man-eating wolf creature bit but I like how they mix fiction with historical fact. Glad you liked it!

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