A Werewolf Boy (2012)
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Critic Reviews for A Werewolf Boy
A chaste young-adult romance that bites into supernatural melodrama, science fiction and political conspiracy theories.
Even though it may draw comparisons to Twilight, A Werewolf Boy has a more genuine demeanor with well-developed characters and an overpowering sense of benevolence.
More sensitive than sensational, 'A Werewolf Boy' is an interesting hybrid of the 'Twilight' saga, 'Frankenstein,' and 'Beauty and the Beast.' But there are touches here that make it purely Korean.
Drenched in fairy tale romance and beautifully acted with one of the screen's most charismatic teen couples, I'll take A Werewolf Boy's sweet, quiet charms over the overwrought, turgid Twilight films and their CGI puppies any day.
Audience Reviews for A Werewolf Boy
Apparently you can't tell a werewolf love story without avoiding Twilight comparisons. Because people, all Twilight fans, forget that werewolf and vampire existed before Twilight came along. For my estimation, this film is NOTHING like the series people are comparing it to. I say that because, for one, this movie is actually good. And, secondly, it actually has well-written characters and a well-told story. Personally, I don't think this is a love story...at all. I can see how people would think it's a romance, even more so when you compare it to Twilight. Personally, I find the whole story to be about the relationship between Cheol-su and Soon-yi to be closer to that between a pet and his owner. There is, naturally, some attraction between the two, but I don't think they ever even come close to acting on it. The film sees how Cheol-su's loyalty to Soon-yi develops and how he'll do anything to protect her, and by extension, her family. The film is well written because it doesn't fall into the trap that Twilight fell into, which was making the characters "fall in love" by finding each other cute. This movie isn't that shallow, its characters are well-written and the chemistry between the leads is excellent. The story is definitely very sweet, but not nauseatingly so. The film looks incredible as well, the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. It looks and feels like a fairy tale, which is certainly important with this type of story. Another thing about the movie is that the movie, while certainly not violent, doesn't really shy away from the more violent moments and how Cheol-su gives in to his bestial instincts when he sees his "owner" in danger. As with almost every South Korean movie, this one gets a little weepy towards the ending, but I think it really does work in this film's favor, as I think it's certainly sweet and touching, but also bittersweet at the same time. I don't know, I realize this might actually be a very shitty review, but I really liked this movie much more than I was expecting. It's a sweet and touching story with strong acting.
The hugely popular "Twilight" series has ruined the image of vampires and werewolves for some of us. Since "Twilight" debut it has started a trend of copy cats (for some reason) and one look at this film trailer had it unfairly typecast as "Korean Twilight" with werewolves. The two could have not been anymore different from each other. One film appeals to some of it fans fantasies where "A Werewolf Boy" is genuine well made romance. A Werewolf Boy is about elderly woman Soon-Yi visiting the country cottage she lived in as a child and recalling memories when she befriends and attempts to civilize a feral boy she discovers on the grounds. The film is nearly entirely a romance film with tint of fantasy elements towards the end. Despite it's premise the werewolf doesn't appear that much and when he does appear his presence is short live. The film instead focuses on developing the characters and steadily building the romance to avoid the "love at first sight" pitfall. It perfectly balances between lighthearted humor and dark drama. Seeing the how the couple relationship develops is one of it biggest draws in the first hour of the film. It does offer subplots which takes the main plot in some unexpected direction, but the main focus is mostly building the romance which is a key essential in any romance film. The film does slow down past the hour mark when it lingers around for about thirty minutes. The ending I will heavily praise as it's bold to end any romance film on a depressing note. This ending gives a harsher look on romance which is often avoided in these kind of films. Park Bo-young is very charming as Soon-Yi. It's very difficult not to like her. She's smart, funny, is someone you want get behind, and is excellent in acting handling the dark dramatic with strong emotional conviction. Park Bo-young has good chemistry with everyone on screen and can't ever recall a moment where her acting was ever bad. Joong-ki Song is equally as good. He has very, very little lines relying heavily on his facial expressions and body movements to evoke his feelings. He's able to do just that and the scenes he shares with Park Bo-young are some of his best. The rest of the actors are good, though Park Bo-young and Joong-ki have the most time on screen which given the plot works. A Werewolf Boy is a Korean romance film that is both well written and well acted. Both leading actors have a good chemistry and makes sitting even in the slow moments worth it. Regardless if you're into werewolves should not be not be a factor if you want a well made romance film.
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