Title – The Wolfpack (2015)
Director – Crystal Moselle (feature debut)
Cast – The Angulo family
Plot – A documentary on the life and times of the Angulo family who for years have been virtually locked away in their apartment building, sheltered from the world with only movies as an avenue to a life outside the walls in which they live.
“If I didn’t have movies, life would be pretty boring”
Review by Eddie on 17/05/2016
While the film around it feels a little to haphazard to truly fly and certain situations are not fully explained, the story at the heart of Crystal Moselle’s fascinating documentary is one that is utterly unique and a sometimes scary, sometimes insightful examination on the way in which films play an important part in the lives of the everyday people who here in the Wolfpack happen to be the anything but run of the mill Angulo family.
Virtually locked away inside their cramped New York City apartment by their strange and possible quite sinister father, the Angulo family which consists of one solitary sister and a haggle of movie loving boys find solace, entertainment and also in many ways a reason to live in their large collection of movies that they have found joys in recreating and living in through their bizarre early years.
Meeting the family at a time where they’ve become more progressive and less inclined to heed to their fathers strange wishes, Moselle found the family at an ideal time where they were willing to both speak about and showcase their unique set of circumstances and while this is intriguing, Wolfpack truly shines in its presentation of the Angulo’s when their movie making mojo is in full swing through an abundance of footage the family shot of their endeavours.
Whether it’s faithful re-enactments of Reservoir Dogs (Tarantino seems to be a favourite of the clan), scarily good Dark Knight recreations or even original films they’ve written and developed, it’s unlikely that viewers would’ve seen anything quite like what’s shown in Moselle’s film and its fascinating to witness the growth in these children as they slowly discover the difference between life in the movies and life as we know it, not to mention the divide between watching the world pass by through a window and walking through it.
It’s frustrating that the Wolfpack is not a more proficient production but despite its amateurish nature and lack of hard investigation it’s still a memorizing watch thanks to its stranger than fiction story and the Wolfpack will provide a buzz to any budding film aficionados as to what can be achieved through effort and a love for the medium.
3 Coney Island beach outings out of 5