Main Plot Points:
- In acclaimed director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s film adaptation of Jiang Rong’s best-selling novel, a young Beijing student is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia.
- Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads’ traditional enemies – the marauding wolves – to the north; humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their true place in the world.
What We Thought:
- Wolf Totem is very beautiful to look at, but that’s about all that it has going for it.
- The plot involves two young men leaving Beijing and living in Mongolia to help teach young children while helping the family with their herding. That’s all I got out of it.
- After the move and the young men start getting used to their new lives, the wolves come. And that’s about it. Unless I missed some hidden meanings or something, I didn’t really get the point of it.
- But the landscape and cinematography is breathtaking. It feels like a big IMAX movie or something you’d see at an OMNI theater.
- Unfortunately, after a while you grow tired of just looking without much else going on. I sat there like “Hey look, wolves.” Then more of the same. Then another hour of the same and finally I was like “I get it, wolves.”
- The Blu-ray looks amazing though. If you plan on purchasing this film, get the HD version. It looks beautiful obviously because I’ve said that multiple times already. It sounds just as good as well.
- Wolf Totem is one of those movies you either love or get nothing out of. It was nice to look at, but I’d never watch it again. Some people will love it though and I know a few who did actually. It just didn’t work for me.
- The nature of the Wolf
- The Director’s Adventure
- A Look at the Cast
- Respecting the Environment
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
Recommended if You Like:
- The Bear
- Jean-Jacques Annaud films