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Movie Review: The Wolf Leaders, Directed by: Tom Moore, Ross Stewart, 2020

Apple's streaming service is looking for its identity and is becoming more and more a kind of boutique service, trying to bind quality movies rather than quantity. The movie "The Wolf Leaders" is an animated film from Ireland, whose creators bring Celtic folk to life in a unique and beautiful style for the eyes. In 1650 a small town called Kilkenny faces an acute problem and is a wild animal threatening the peaceful inhabitants. Robin (Honor Nipsley), whose father Bill Godfellow (Sean Bean) is a brave hunter who has been fighting wolves all his life, and now she, his daughter wants to get into his shoes. He drives her out of a protective paternal instinct, however she insists. She decides to prove herself and goes out into the woods alone, where she meets a new breed of people, the wolf leaders, who are able to communicate with humans and animals, especially MB (Eva Whitaker) and a brave bond is forged between them.

The animation is unique because it was done by hand, unlike the modern movies that a computer creates. You can actually see the lines of the animated characters. The film has an intense plot, in which you can see how magic and animation come to life on screen. The angle of view is not only through the eyes of wolves, but also of humans. The soundtrack is mesmerizing and manages to combine modern songs with centuries-old Irish tradition. It manages to match sound or melody at the right moment so it is one of the best heard recently in any movie. The wolves sound wonderful and so does the nature that surrounds them. The film is full of happenings and twists, making it difficult to keep up with the endless congestion.

There is also a wink to an older audience. There are many historical references to the Cromwell period in England. The struggle between progress and nature, progress to magic and innocence, is at the heart of this wonderful work. It has softness and innocence, but enough layers to appeal to the tastes of large audiences, who can find many magical moments in it.


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