The Witcher Nightmare of the Wolf, aka The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, a film by Kwang Il Han, is now out on Netflix. Written by Beau DeMayo, the 1 hour 21 minutes film is produced by Henry Cavill’s The Witcher series’ creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. The film is a prequel to the 2019 series. The animated dark fantasy stars Theo James, Lara Pulver, Graham McTavish, Mary McDonnell, Tom Canton and Matt Yang King.
The synopsis for The Witcher Night of The Wolf reads – Escaping from poverty to become a witcher, Vesemir slays monsters for coin and glory. But when a new menace rises, he must face the demons of his past.
– The Witcher: Nightmare of The Wolf Review Contains Mild Spoilers –
In the Netflix film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, we meet Vesemir (Theo James), a brazen, free-spirited Witcher who solely hunts monsters for money and riches. He has no idea that the woods near Kingdom Kaedwen were home to terrifying monsters that would drastically alter his life! The ‘Leshens,’ or monsters, spare no one, including children, men, and women.
Vesemir’s morals are put to the test when he faces threats from Kingdom Kaedwen’s Tetra, a sorceress (Lara Pulver), who constantly orders the king to kill the Witchers at Kaer Morhen. Amid the present threat, makers give us a peek of Vesemir’s youth. The young boy and his father worked for others and struggled to meet ends. Deglan is his mentor who helps him realise his potential as a powerful being. Vesemir’s younger self in flashback scenes is the polar opposite of who he is now.
We learn enough about Geralt’s mentor Vesemir, the reason he willingly chose to become a Witcher, and the truth about the monsters he fights in those 1 hour 21 minutes. It’s a spectacular adventure from the start, with Vesemir capturing your attention with a dramatic entrance. The first thing you notice about Vesemir, compared to his student Geralt in the series, is how outgoing and bold he is!
The film starts on an intriguing note, but the pace slows down after 20-25 minutes. But when it picks up, you don’t want to miss a single shot. The screenplay keeps you captivated, in addition to writing Vesemir as such a fascinating and likeable character. The plot involves multiple twists, and I enjoyed each of them. Every action scene will keep you on the edge of your seat, and just when you think the mayhem is over, it isn’t!
Brian D’Oliveira’s music gave me the chills, especially during the climactic battle scene. Studio MIR did the Netflix film’s animation, and they did an outstanding job, especially in the slow-motion sequences. As indicated from the trailer, the film has plenty of violence and bloodshed.
Theo James does an excellent job as Vesemir, and his voice reflects the Monster Hunter’s reckless attitude. Tetra is voiced by Lara Pulver, who captures the fury and bitterness of the character perfectly. The rest of the cast has likewise performed admirably.
The Witcher Nightmare of The Wolf Review: Final Thoughts
Overall, whether or not you’ve seen the series, the film will keep you interested. The writing is superb, particularly for Vesemir. He is the focus of the film, and it is made for him. So you’re curious about the outcome of his battle with these beasts. Tetra was another character I like watching. She’s as powerful as a Witcher, yet she despises their kind. We’ll be seeing Vesemir in The Witcher Season 2, so it’ll be interesting to see how much he’s changed.
The Witcher Nightmare of the Wolf is now streaming on Netflix.