Lone Wolf: Final Girls Berlin Review

Lone Wolf: Final Girls Berlin Review

Lone Wolf is a left field take on puberty and fitting in. Sam (Freya Van Dyke-Goodman) is going to a sleepover at her new pal Willow’s (Izabella Measham-Park) House.

Hard enough normally, but difficult when you clearly don’t fit in with the group and the stuck up bully of the group Blair (Mackenzie Mazur) won’t get off your back! Let alone when you clearly have feelings for your friend Willow and then suddenly weird things start happening to your body. This is Lone Wolf.

Lone Wolf is a coming of age tale done in 7 minutes, and it’s oddly warming. I wouldn’t say the film is going to be busting out of the screeners with an arm full of awards, but it’s going to get a lot of showings and it’s going to get some love.

The performances from the young set of actors is good, Joanne Booth gives a good cameo as Sam’s mum Julie, and there is a clear set of directives from director January Jones. The style is simple and plain, and it’s got a good feeling about it.

The script however is it a little wooden and doesn’t allow the actors to take advantage of their range. Short films often suffer from having to stick so much in with only one line to do it. It’s like being given a 500 word essay to summarise two completely different novels, it’s hard and Lone Wolf just about does it. I’d give a 2:2.

This is partly what stops it being great but the main criticism of Lone Wolf is its big reveal. Not trying to give too much away, but as I said in the intro there’s a ‘change’ happening in Sam’s life. We see it build up part by part bit by bit, it’s tense, and we don’t know where it’s going.

Yet suddenly, BANG her mates are doing the same thing and we’re done. It’s a happy ending! But just a little like ‘Hell we’ve run out of time! Get it in’.

I like Lone Wolf and it’s available on youtube to watch, so I’d recommend it to anyone as it’s only 7 minutes lone and a nice little watch it you’re killing time. Get those views into the 1000’s and support small film.

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