Brotherhood of the Wolf

Tonight I called up Kelly and said I was going to begin catching up on Oscar nominees. There were a few movies playing, including Black Hawk Down, Monster’s Ball, and Gosford Park. “Oh, and look,” I said, “Brotherhood of the Wolf is on at 6:50.” “That doesn’t exactly fit the category,” he said “but…”

So yeah, we ended up seeing Brotherhood, because we’d both been pining to for some time. We’ll catch up on Oscar later.

As for BotW, what a pretty, pretty film. Christophe Gans uses a variety of camera tricks, but he’s generally careful to serve the story. Watch also for color: saturation, desaturation–he uses it to its full. This flick is pure eye candy. I’m sometimes critical of films where every frame is a poster shot, because they tend to lack substance otherwise (see The Cell), but Brotherhood is also an entertaining adventure story, complete with a monster, an enigmatic good guy, and a little romance. For reasons I can’t yet pinpoint, Gans reminds me of one of my fave directors, Luc Besson. No, it’s not because they’re both French. Pacing and framing are familiar.

Everyone has been chattering about Mark Dacascos (if he looks familiar, you may have seen him on the television version of The Crow)–I think this may be because much of the cast lacks his extreme charisma. They’re good, but he outshines them by a mile. He’s the one to remember.

Clocking in at 2:21, it’s a bit long. 20 minutes could easily have been chopped; however, it isn’t uncomfortable for it’s length, and will keep you watching to the end. I definitely recommend catching it before it leaves the theatres, as this is one that is served by a larger screen.

1 Responses to Brotherhood of the Wolf

  1. Jerwin says:

    I’m definitely catching this one before it leaves theaters. I am enthralled by Vincent Cassel.

    Is why.