I need some wolfsbane before I get to Beacon Hills
This is the first time back to Beacon Hills since the series ended back in 2017. They took a time leap into the future with it being about fifteen years in the future.
We still have our alpha with Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and most of the cast but Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O’Brien) and Kira Yukimura (Arden Cho) not being in the film left a black hole. Especially since Scott & Kira had perfect chemistry and a story that I wanted to explore.
The premise of Teen Wolf: The Movie is that a man enters a bar, steals a container containing a spirit, and makes a bargain to destroy Scott and all he holds dear. Along the way a boy becomes a wolf, friends come back together, and a man finds love as they defend their hometown.
The movie is almost 2 ½ hours and really lags as it brings back so many characters that it’s bursting at the seams. I’d have hoped that Jeff Davis (Series Creator) would have focused on the core characters and (better still) use the series final as a jumping-off point instead of everyone being a ‘grown-up’ in the real world with kids, jobs, and mortgages.
My biggest issue with the movie is that the ‘Big Bad’ is not being all that bad or much of a surprise really (we saw it/him in S3 of the series). It seems as if Jeff was trying to answer too much in the movie instead of this being a new jumping-off point for a Paramount+ Teen Wolf Universe (TWU). I still liked the movie and am hoping that the TWU will expand with additional movies and series focused on the original cast and the next generation. But it’s enjoyable for fans of the series and even if you’re new to the TWU you can figure out what’s going on. It’s very attractive to people with supernatural powers and human friends/enemies.
Jeff did what he needed to do to get people excited about exploring the Teen Wolf world and Paramount+ needs original programming to drive subscriptions. Teen Wolf: the Movie is working the subscription and will make you want to watch or rewatch the series.
Cast includes Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Tyler Hoechlin, Shelley Hennig, Crystal Reed, Orny Adams, Linden Ashby, Seth Gilliam, Ryan Kelley, Ian Bohen, Vince Mattis, Nobi Nakanishi, Khylin Rhambo, Amy Workman, John Posey, JR Bourne, and Dylan Sprayberry.
Teen Wolf: The Movie will premiere Thursday, Jan. 26 on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Friday, Jan. 27 on Paramount+ in the U.K.