I wanted to watch something relatively quick tonight, and I have been meaning to watch this film for a while, so I finally decided to give it a watch.
The plot was definitely super interesting. The subjects were likable and sympathetic. I felt bad for them. I truly wanted them to succeed. This is a necessary element for a compelling documentary, and this film delivered in that respect. It was interesting to watch both how the siblings interacted within their closed environment and how they then assimilated into the outside world. It was never boring, but it also never truly required 100% investment, as it was pretty easy to follow, so I was able to multitask a bit while watching it.
There are a few things that I didn't like, however. The film was obviously not edited chronologically, which I did not like. In the beginning, a script for "The Fighter" is seen, then later, they re-enact a scene from "The Dark Knight Rises", and still later their first movie in the theater is "The Fighter". "The Fighter" was released in 2010 and "The Dark Knight Rises" in 2012, so this chronology was impossible. Also, it is not clear how much of the film is staged re-enactments, because the story begins before they go outside alone, and they met the documentarian on one of their trips outside. I also didn't like the documentarian's choice of subtitling the father because he was speaking in English, and his accent wasn't thick enough to warrant open captions.
So overall, "The Wolfpack" truly is an enjoyable, eye-opening film. Any film lover, and especially aspiring filmmakers should definitely check this film out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: I doubt it, I don't usually re-watch documentaries.
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