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Wildling's feminist themes - and the ferocious Bel Powley performance that brings them to life - are often enough to make up for its narrative deficiencies.
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The attention paid to images does not translate to character development, story, or dialogue, leaving little emotional resonance, while making me seriously wonder if the men telling these stories understand much at all about female sexuality.
It's a promising debut for Böhm, with a lot of promise. But it's a home run for Powley, who makes "Wildling" worth watching even when it shouldn't be.
Wildling starts out strongly but the qualities that make the first 20 minutes engrossing and harrowing drain away and the movie morphs into a thoroughly unsatisfying excursion into fantasy-tinged horror.
At its best, "Wildling" is very smart about how we humans like to compare ourselves to animals - from the names of our sports teams to the way we describe the feeling of cutting loose.
A supernatural "What's Happening to My Body?" parable in company with "Carrie," "Ginger Snaps" and last year's "Thelma," "Wildling" is low-key with an undertone of menace, skillfully directed by Fritz Böhm in his feature debut.
A clever, sharp-fanged mélange of classic midnight-movie horror and modern indie ingenuity.
The actors do their best, but Wildling is a bland muddle: fatally uncertain as to what tone it wants to convey, and prone to haphazardly picking up and discarding subplots and themes.
It means well, even when it doesn't have a lot to say.
Wildling has a promising start, but it comes apart when Anna's transformation begins. It feels almost like two different films in one, and this unfortunately leads to multiple plot holes and strange character arcs.
Wildling is a solid debut feature for Böhm and features a magnetic performance from Bel Powley as well as some excellent creature and gore effects.
A new exponent of terror that exceeds the average of the genre thanks to its abundance of ideas and searches. [Full Review in Spanish]
Anna's journey from confinement to liberation is more complex when configured in the back of her big blue eyes, when the look she fears is the one on the other side of the bars. [Full Review in Spanish]
Horror movie versions of puberty have been done well in the past, Wildling however misses the mark.
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