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Wolf Hound

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Great cinematography, poor script in violent WWII actioner.

Movie R 2022 130 minutes
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age 13+
That review is wokie garbage. Nazis are evil-period. Take your moral relativism and shove it.

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A ridiculous script and improbable action sequences make this historical fiction feel more like fan fiction. Which is too bad, since Wolf Hound's stunning aerial cinematography (featuring vintage WWII planes, including a B-17, P-51 Mustang, and Messerschmitt Bf 109) immerses viewers in the experience of what it might have been like to be an Allied fighter pilot in a dogfight against the Luftwaffe. The camerawork is clear and up close, creating a look and feel that seems like the film could have been made for a science museum theater. But at the same time, it places viewers in the cockpit while the characters endure a relentless attack. And even though they're gorgeous, the constant up-close angles create quite a bit of confusion: Too many characters, too many planes, and too little character development.

Really, there's just no nuance at all to this celebration of American patriotism. World War II is an era that's often seen as purely black and white: Nazis are really bad, Allied forces are really good. But even civilians will question poor strategy and highly unlikely outcomes. And the story seems meant to create an environment in which it's OK to enjoy violence, as the dialogue reinforces that the Nazis deserve it. When they're shot, their bodies fly off their feet and hurl back in eye-popping choreography. Explosions are made into fiery works of art, bodies pirouetting through the air like battle ballet. Think of this like a cinematic version of a video game, in which viewers don't wear headsets but still cheer, comment, and guffaw with each other throughout. Though that does set up a bit of a contradiction to how this feat of aerial photography should be seen: On the biggest screen possible.

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