Unless you’re a diehard member of the wolfpack, Teen Wolf: The Movie—which can start streaming solely on Paramount+ on Friday—will not be price your time.
Believe me, it brings me no pleasure to report this. Like many teenage ladies in the 12 months 2011, I used to be a fan of the MTV sequence Teen Wolf. Did I care about the 1985 Michael J. Fox film it was loosely based mostly on? Not in the slightest. Did I feel it was nice tv? Absolutely not. But was I gained over by the easy, dorky attraction of Dylan O’Brien as “Stiles” Stilinski, and sucked down a rabbit gap of werewolf fanfiction? Absolutely sure.
The incontrovertible fact that O’Brien doesn’t seem in the 2023 film—like, in any respect, don’t maintain your breath for a cameo or perhaps a flashback—is only one purpose Teen Wolf: The Movie disappoints. Directed by Russell Mulcahy, who was a key director on the sequence, and written by sequence creator Jeff Davis, the film picks up 13 years after we final noticed Scott McCall, regardless of the incontrovertible fact that it’s solely been six years since the present went off the air. The soar forward in time is little question as a result of audiences are typically extra prepared to droop their disbelief with 30-year-olds enjoying 18, however much less so with 37-year-olds enjoying 25. (Hollywood is bizarre that approach!) Scott (performed by Tyler Posey) is the alpha werewolf of his pack, and apparently now has a job as an emergency responder, however particularly for emergency conditions the place kids are cornered in a pit by feral canine.
Teen Wolf: The Movie doesn’t trouble with a lot of a sequence refresher earlier than leaping into its personal convoluted plot, so good luck to all the viewers who bailed after (spoiler alert!) Allison was killed off in Season 3. Most of the film is spent ret-conning that controversial resolution, and it’s nice to see Crystal Reed reprise her position full together with her trademark bow-and-arrow. But by the finish of the movie, you gained’t really feel like Davis discovered any classes from the blowback he confronted for killing off fan favorites.
While Scott, Lydia (performed by a still-delightful Holland Roden), and Jackson (Colton Haynes, a welcome return, and arguably the greatest actor in O’Brien’s absence) take care of the Allison stuff, former alpha werewolf Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin, trying precisely the similar as he did in 2011) is struggling as a single father of his personal teen wolf. His son, Eli, is a 15-year-old troublemaker. He ceaselessly steals Stiles’ previous Jeep—a enjoyable nod to the present’s beloved automobile—as a result of he needs to piss off his dad. Though actor Vince Mattis is an enthralling addition to the solid, the film merely by no means explains this bombshell revelation that, uh, Derek Hale is a freakin’ dad
Then there’s the incontrovertible fact that the film is an excruciating 2-hours and 19 minutes of messy, boring plot, with zero elements enjoyable. MTV’sTeen Wolf was hardly status TV, nevertheless it was all the time enjoyable. (The incontrovertible fact that grumpy Gen-X males disliked it for not being the ’80s Teen Wolf was only a bonus.) It took itself too severely, sure, however in an endearing, cleaning soap opera form of approach. All of that attraction is gone in the film. The plot meanders, the exposition-heavy dialogue feels lazy, and nobody has any freakin’ chemistry. Teen Wolf was by no means as sensible as its affect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; however what it lacked in quippy one-liners it made up for with a solid that sizzled with chemistry.
The attraction of Teen Wolf, from the starting, was stated solid. O’Brien—who performed the greatest buddy of lead teen werewolf Scott McCall—was greatest pals with star Tyler Posey in actual life, and the followers ate it up. Whether it was true or simply for PR, everybody on the present appeared a minimum of a little bit into each other, and it bled into their performances. It’s the purpose there are over 130,000 fan fiction works about Teen Wolf revealed on Archive of Our Own, and it’s the purpose most viewers have been tuning in weekly, regardless of the more and more complicated and miserable plot. Whether due to O’Brien’s absence, the years spent aside, the rushed manufacturing, or one thing else, that chemistry was nowhere to be present in Teen Wolf: The Movie.
All that’s left is a dismal, overstuffed movie that rips off one too many horror tropes, starring actors that we used to know. If you like Teen Wolf to the level that you just’d do something to spend just a few extra hours in Beacon Hills, go forward and provides it a stream. But if you happen to’re an informal fan who was in it for Stiles and supernatural teenage enjoyable, don’t trouble. Stick with the fanfiction.