Follows a young boy who runs away from home in the search of his estranged mother.
Our movie begins with the introduction to Paul, a.k.a. Wolfboy, and how he is uncomfortable in his skin because he has wolf tendencies with more hair on his face. We have a moment where these kids are making fun of him for the way that he looks.
What is normal? It’s a question we often ask ourselves when looking at someone that doesn’t look like us, right? That kid doesn’t look like me, so should we look at them differently? No, but this isn’t instilled in our kids at a young age; they will react to these kids’ same way in the film. Does this make it right? No, but different can be scary.
Next, we see Paul get frustrated and run away, and this leads to a chain of events that includes a carnival being burnt down, and Paul and his new friends rob a bunch of places. One is Rose (Eve Hewson), and they begin to form a bond over the little things in life.
One of the things that stands out to me was Oliva Dufault’s script and how she made it okay to face Paul’s difference in appearance by letting others with issues embrace him. While she did that, she also allowed them to criticize one another to make it seem normal. She made you feel empathetic towards Paul and allowed you to be open to criticizing the actions he decided to make when running away. It was the perfect balance of accepting who we are but also not acting out because of it.
Finally, the culmination of everything that transpired throughout the film leads us to this beautiful and heartwarming moment.
‘The world is going to be mean to us no matter what we do, so we can’t afford to be mean to ourselves.’
he idea of feeling comfortable in our own skin is something we all face on a day-to-day basis. Paul meets the idea of being different and learns a valuable lesson of understanding why it is okay.
Jaeden Martell’s performance in this incredibly deep roll was nothing short of amazing. The role is not an easy one, and he is having to sell this idea of wanting us to feel empathy for Paul and feel the pain that he is feeling with his unique appearance, and Martell does a great job of doing it.
‘The True Adventure of Wolfboy is a reminder that we should be comfortable in a our own skin.’
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.