Teen Wolf: The Movie is a supernatural teen drama film written by Jeff Davis. It was released on Paramount+ on January 26, 2023, and we thought about doing a Round Table Review for this one. Joining me (Rike) are Nathalie, Elle, Dav and Clo. Are you ready for this one? Let’s go!
This review contains spoilers: Read at your own risk.
Q: How do you feel watching the Teen Wolf movie? What are you most excited about?
E: I was very excited to see my favorite cast reunite and show the fans what their life looks like now! I was excited to see how the story unfolded, especially after seeing the trailer and it showing Allison (Crystal Reed) returning and Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) as a father. With how it ended, will Eli (Vince Mattis) have another opportunity to step up and see how other characters can feature?
C: It feels so good to see them back in the field together. I was very excited, since Jeff Davis confirmed the movie production. I was so excited about Allison returning, and how I missed all of them.
D: It felt like home. I was so excited to see them reunited one more time. I was over the moon when I saw Allison on screen.
N: From the start, I was excited to see and be in this world again. See how the characters have developed in the years we haven’t seen them. I think that’s what I was most excited about, seeing the band back together one more time.
R: Before I started watching the movie, and also the second the news came out, I was thrilled to have all these beloved characters back. Them being back on my screen. I had a feeling that this would be good, no matter what. I’ve read that some big names would be missing and not coming back for the movie, but this didn’t change a thing about my excitement, to be honest. It’s just the reunion I’ve been waiting for. I mean, it’s been a minute since the series ended, right? This whole thing still feels surreal, not gonna lie.
Q: Your thoughts on all the different character introductions?
E: I loved seeing new characters, such as Eli and Hikari (Amy L. Workman), but I must admit that some characters who worked well previously together, e.g. Liam (Dylan Sprayberry) and Mason (Khylin Rhambo), did not feature at all. Overall, it was fantastic to see everyone back on screen together – it was worth the wait to see them back in Beacon Hills! Especially Peter (Ian Bohen), my favorite character. He’s just iconic in his entrance and delivery on-screen!
C: They are all amazing characters. They all need to be seen and appreciated by their work. Even if my favorite character Chris (JR Bourne) is just iconic. Eli and Hikari, the newbies, are also fantastic actors. I would like to see others like Liam and Mason with more screen scenes.
D: Peter’s one was ICONIC. The intro of all the old characters had me screaming.
N: As for new characters, I loved Eli’s entrance and how we experienced him being introduced to us as this new character. Sadly, I didn’t feel that with Hakari. She was lacking personality in my opinion. As for the most epic entrances, those had to be Peter and Jackson (Colton Haynes). Every time they were in the frame, they stole the show.
R: Each character introduction felt unique and super fitting simultaneously, e.g. Eli stealing Stiles’s (Dylan O’Brien) car, driving away with it, and Parrish (Ryan Kelley) notices him again. Jackson entering the room and grabbing a piece of pizza out of the fridge. Those are just some examples, but they all made the right decision when it comes to introducing us back to all these different characters. Also, I can’t end this without mentioning Peter’s epic entrance. Just his use of words and the badass burning scene. Yeah, that was something you don’t forget that easily.
Q: What moment has stood out to you most and made you feel happy to be in Beacon Hills again?
E: I can’t say there was one specific moment, but seeing them work together to save everyone – it was standard Teen Wolf and what I expected and wanted to see. Derek and Eli definitely felt like I was watching Superman & Lois, and I thought initially Derek would have been tougher as a parent knowing what’s out there! I liked how Jackson was a joker and how much he stood out in the scenes he was in – I liked the character evolution. I also liked how Stiles was still mentioned and tied in.
C: The way it is doesn’t seem to change. The epic scene with the sheriff and Parrish. I like to see Chris Argent still in action. Allison returns as well.
D: Every little detail made me feel at home. The characters chemistry and even despite.
N: For me, it wasn’t one moment. There were tiny little moments throughout the movie, like Eli running from Allison, Jackson’s sarcastic sense of humor, Peter and Chris absolutely despising each other. It was just one big bomb of nostalgia.
R: There wasn’t like one big moment which stood out to me the most. Watching Derek’s and Eli’s father and son relationship with all their problems, but also a lot of admiration. I really enjoyed all their scenes together. They were giving me Superman & Lois vibes. If you know the show, you know what I’m talking about. Gotta say I’m surprised that Jackson kinda stole my heart this time, or let’s say I had a lot of fun watching his scenes. I haven’t been a fan of his character in the series, but this pretty much changed completely now.
Q: Did you feel there were inconsistencies in the movie already known in the series?
E: Yes. We know in the third series that Allison was the one who figures out silver killed the Oni. You would expect something tied to something so tragic would not be forgotten, but it took Lydia (Holland Roden) a long time to figure it out. Also the chemistry teacher he was killed – how did he return? I thought the nemeton had also been destroyed, so it seemed like it didn’t flow as well. I know they’re grown, but the swearing – bit much?
C: Yes, a lot. Who is Eli’s mother? What happened for Liam to not live anymore in Beacon Hills, like away from the pack, also his best friend Mason? I mean Teen Wolf isn’t teen wolf without consistencies. But the movie was good.
D: Yes for sure. You can’t explain everything that has happened since the end of the show with a 1 hour movie. But the biggest one for me was the Allison story line. Why was her family and friends able to see her? And why did she return with long hair? Also, the last battle seems way too easy. Scallison kissed, and that’s all. What about Eli? And what about Harris (Adam Fristoe), the chemistry teacher? I still don’t understand why he was there and came back.
N: There were a few. I feel like there were many questions left unanswered. What happened to Chris and Melissa (Melissa Ponzio)? Who’s Eli’s mom, and where are the characters that were in the show and part of the pack, but that aren’t there? I feel like in the show, this didn’t happen as much. The amount of time it took them to get silver to fight the Oni made no sense. You know how to fight them, why did it take this long? And as a last note, we know the CGI in the show wasn’t the best, but I feel like they tried to put even more CGI in the movie without the resources to do so. In my opinion, the movie CGI is worse than any of the seasons.
R: One thing which bothers me the most in Eli’s and Derek’s storyline is that they don’t address who Eli’s mother actually is. We don’t know anything about this important person in both their lives. Is this person still alive? Seems like we’ll never know now that Derek is dead.
Q: Did the Teen Wolf movie live up to your expectations?
E: Overall, did I love the movie? No, but I did really like seeing everyone back together, that was what made it so worthwhile! It had nothing on the series, and the movie felt like an extended episode of season 3, to be honest. It took so long to get them back, and I will take that over nothing!
C: I love it. It was amazing, even if I would like to see more scenes of each character. They did an amazing job and worked so hard. I’m happy to see them back, and I would like to see a new announcement for a second movie.
D: Well, I liked it because it felt like home. And at the end, I was mad as hell. Nobody seems sad, they moved on way too fast. The final fight felt rushed. But again, it was a movie, and we all knew that we were going to be kinda disappointed. But I’m glad it happened.
N: The movie was okay. I’m not in love with it. I was more excited about the trip back into the world of Beacon Hills, that it did not matter what the movie was about, I was going to watch it and enjoy it regardless. But I definitely do not prefer it over the show.
R: To sum it up, the movie was pretty much okay. However, I feel like it was more because of all the nostalgia, rather than the storyline and how everything turned out. Yes, it was nice to see everyone again and interact, but I always felt like something was missing. I wasn’t having the exact same emotional feelings I had when watching the series. The only time this changed was in the end. If you know, you know. This whole movie felt rushed and like a money making method, rather than actually giving us some worth watching content. However, some characters made it worth a watch.
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