Sunday, October 17, 2010

Review of "The Company of Wolves" (1984)

Wiki info:
The Company of Wolves is a 1984 gothic fantasy-horror film directed by Neil Jordan, and starring Sarah Patterson and Angela Lansbury.
The film is based on the werewolf story of the same name in Angela Carter's short story collection The Bloody Chamber.[1] Carter herself co-wrote the screenplay with director Neil Jordan, based on her own short story and her earlier adaptation of "The Company of Wolves" for radio.

 My opinion:

The story begins as a dream of a young girl's sense of sibling rivalry and then, within the dream opens up into a series of tales within tales. Some of these are told by the dreamer Rosaleen, the contemporary young woman who becomes Red Riding Hood, and some are told by her grandmother.

I instantly noticed that the grandmother is a Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) from my childhood serial called "the murder she wrote". That fact captured my atention and somehow made her charackter much more interesting.

According to the "New York Times" review "It's not always easy to make sense of ''The Company of Wolves,'' but it's frequently quite funny, and often means to be. The special-effects people come up with a couple of comparatively conventional, horror-film decapitations and several uncoventional ways in which men can turn into wolves on camera.".

Whole scenario was about a girl teenager stepping int the adult world. In one of the scenes the main charackter in her dream was sharing a single-room cabin with her mother and father. She have witnessed her father and mother having sex and the next morning when she asked her mother if her father was hurting her, she received an answer: ''If there's a beast in men, it meets its match in women, too.''. I feel that my sentences are complicated too, but the plot was complicated samely aswell.
According to the rewiev of "Home Cinema" "It doesn’t adhere to the traditional precepts of horror cinema and it’s all the better for it." During the whole movie I felt no intence or fear, but it was allways interesting to wait and see what happens next. In the scene where we saw a first metamorphosis of a man turning into a wolf was quite exciting. The deformation of the flesh and bone structure was logical even though magical, but such a quick death of the werewolf back then seemed funny.

Main charackter's dealing with a neighbour boy who was in love with her was funny too.
He was ugly, he was rude, he was stupid and he was beaten. That made me satisfied. In comparision with that kid the girl have met a glamurious hunter. Even he wasn't fully human, he seemed to be more human, smart and social than that kid. The kid was a reali "pig" as well as his family. Wolfs hunts down pigs easily and that was something that I could notice in the place of girl's feelings.

Finally, it was interesting, but I did not get everything (for example the last scenes). The movie itself for me was really too complicated and I couldn't rate it at all... I know that there were multiple storyies included between other stories and I wasn't familiar with most of them.

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