‘The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare’: a wild appetizer that shines in the heat of battle


‘The Witcher’ took only one season to become one of Netflix’s most important works. On the platform they always paid attention to the possibility of creating a huge franchise that went beyond the importance of a particular title and they knew they had found gold by adapting this universe created by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

Soon it will be the turn of the second season of the series starring Henry Cavill and a prequel is currently shooting that takes place 1200 years earlier, but this August 23rd is the day of ‘The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare’, an animated film recounting the origins of Vesemir, Geralt’s mentor. . A feature film that predicts that those who are already completely immersed in the world of witches, wizards and monsters will surely enjoy a lot more.

Half gas expansion

‘The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare’ has two important functions. In a way, it’s the presentation of Vesemir, a character who will appear in the second season of the Netflix series, so knowing more details about his past and motivations helps the impact to be even bigger, as we remember that his presence in the first batch of episodes was limited to a vocal cameo by Theo. James in one episode.

Whether or not they knew they were going to do ‘The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare’ is something we may never know, but at least here they are betting on continuity and James is back to lend his voice to the character. He’s not an actor who never talks to me much, but in the film he meets with what solvency is required of him to give the character a complex personality where there is room for a wide spectrum of emotions even though he doesn’t even arrive at 90 minutes long.

Of course, the emotional impact ‘The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare’ seeks remains at half the pace. Not enough developmental work is done on their personalities and motivations that the inevitable emotional confrontation feels special than the inevitable resolution in such a story.

The virtues and troubles of ‘The Witcher: A wolf’s nightmare’

And it is very unfortunate that this happened, because another function of this feature film is to expand the universe and at the same time can be a gateway for audiences who for some reason do not dare to see the parent series. . There I don’t think ‘The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare’ does its job well, because what’s important never feels individually unique enough to captivate you.

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There, the film benefits because it’s never overly entertaining in any way, something that detracts from the depth of this work directed by Kwang Il Han in exchange for achieving a rhythm that’s lively enough that people follow the story that Beau develops with curiosity. DeMayo .

This increases if you’re already a fan of ‘The Witcher’, as the link may not be very marked in most of the trailers, but the film plays fresher elements that way, helping to connect the two works, in passing. better understand Geralt’s mentor motivation.

Visually, ‘The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare’ looks good, especially when it comes to getting into more concrete details, almost always associated with violent outbursts with characters giving their all in the heat of battle. Actually, the beginning already made it clear that this would be very important. Something less stimulating is when it comes to impressing viewers through a universe in which everything happens, because there it feels kind of common.

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in short

In ‘The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare’ we won’t find anything particularly memorable, but it’s a solvent anime that’s more convincing when unleashing violence than it is when investigating Vesemir’s origins. I suspect that fans of the Netflix series will enjoy it more than those who don’t connect with it or don’t give it a chance.