“Teen Wolf: The Movie” Movie Talk
Title: Teen Wolf: The Movie
Streaming On: Paramount+
Released: January 26, 2023
Run-Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Starring: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden
Scott McCall and his pack are reunited as they face a familiar threat. Now in their thirties, they must return to Beacon Hills where the threat is rooted.
Teen Wolf was one of my favorite TV shows when I was in high school. Shortly after the movie was announced, the news hit that fan favorite character, Stiles Stilinski (played by Dylan O’Brien) would not be amongst the returning cast members. While this was concerning back then, it did not prevent this movie from being enjoyable and comfortably nostalgic.
Without getting into any spoilers, I think the movie did a good job of bringing back the same feel of the tv series. The special effects looked exactly the same as they did a decade ago. While they could have improved it with new technology, I actually prefer the continuity of the old effects.
This is definitely a movie that was created strictly for fans of the original show. Unless the viewers watched at least the first three seasons of the show, they would be very confused with the plot line. The parallels were done well and felt like a love note for old fans. Seeing the main characters grown up and growing apart was bitterly realistic to see on screen. Along from engaging plot lines, something that Teen Wolf has always done well is build tension. Other than a slow beginning to set the scene, the movie has viewers at the edge of their seats.
If I had to give a negative to the movie, I would say there were a couple of partial nude scenes that felt out of place. There were a couple of characters that were given a romantic storyline that also felt forced. The last thing that stuck out to me was the unnecessary swearing. This has been a trend on streaming services since there is more freedom with the dialogue compared to the restrictions they previously had on television.
All in all, I loved this movie! Revivals always terrify me, but I think this is one of the better ones out there. They left it open for a sequel or a spin-off series if they choose to, but it also has a sense of closure.
Have you seen the new Teen Wolf movie? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!