Wolf Totem (2015)
Critic Consensus: As a visual experience, Wolf Totem boasts thrills that compensate for the significant narrative sacrifices made in bringing Jiang Rong's novel to the screen.
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The greatest aspect of "Wolf Totem" is the gorgeous, sweeping cinematography that captures the landscape in breathtaking aerial shots and crystal-clear color. The story has its touching moments but dissolves into disjointed melodrama.
Something ends up lost in translation. Its aspirations of looking and feeling recognizable end up uncomfortable and embarrassing.
There's no denying the beauty of the film's imagery, violent and tender, or the emotional power of the final moment in the boy-and-his-dog love story.
Characters seem carved from a much larger narrative. The landscape and painstakingly trained wolves are the true stars.
Annaud's adaptation of Jiang Rong's Chinese novel is a visual wonder but a dramatic dud, a cut-and-paste mess of plot snippets, illuminated by the occasional inspired visual conceit.
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A horridly depressing tale of man vs. wolf with the wrong side winning. Annaud ruins the gorgeous scenery by having us believe some strange wolf logic and losing a grand ecological lesson which could have been learned.