DVD Movie Review: Sheep and Wolves

By Thom Compton 21.03.2018

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Sheep and Wolves (UK Rating: PG)

In the opening moments of Sheep and Wolves - out on DVD across the UK via Thunderbird Releasing on 9th April - the stage is set. Wolves are the dominant species in the land, feared by the neighbouring sheep. Their leader, a wise old wolf who believes in following the old ways, is looking for his replacement, and two candidates are available; one, the gruff, sadistic Magra, and the stereotypical, never growing up Grey. Grey is the hero, and after a fight with his girlfriend, Bianca, and a chance encounter with a travelling gypsy, Grey discovers he has become a sheep.

There's a lot of very typical plot devices hidden within the 84 minutes that encompass Sheep and Wolves, and while they aren't all bad, they do little to offer much that couldn't be found elsewhere. Aside one fairly intense battle scene, Sheep and Wolves is a paint by numbers animated film that only stands out for all the wrong reasons.

One of those problems is Tom Felton's (Harry Potter 1-8) performance, which is primarily decent. However, he seems to read many of his lines with little enthusiasm, and it fails to make Grey feel like a real character. Other characters, like Ziko, a sheep who is suspicious of Grey's intentions, are far more believable. It's not entirely Felton's fault, though, as much of Grey's dialogue is painfully arrogant, resulting in Grey being more cocky and less likeable for a lot of the run time.


 
Ruby Rose (Pitch Perfect 3), who plays Bianca, gets a similar short stick, as Bianca is the least understanding character in the entire film. She complains about Grey's behaviour, even when he's trying to do right by her. Rose's performance is much more believable, however, so she's easier to get on-board with. The best performances are almost exclusively those of the side characters, who are given far better dialogue and are universally more likeable.

Most of the beats are exactly what you might expect. Good guy needs to learn a lesson, he stumbles upon people who can teach it to him, and he learns it. In the middle, he meets a cast of mostly likeable characters who are far more interesting and exciting then he is. At the end, someone (in this case, several people) gives a speech about being true to yourself but becoming what you were meant to be. The problem is that there's nothing that sets Sheep and Wolves apart. A lot of the film's logic is questionable to say the least, and it results in a viewing experience that is flimsy, at worst, and merely okay at best.

5/10
Rated 5 out of 10

Average

Sheep and Wolves isn't bad so much as it is trite. While the characters range from off-putting to pretty good, the story is just a large collection of cliché beats that are strung together so by the book that it fails to leave any real impression. A better way to describe it is, you can't go wrong with Sheep and Wolves, but because it's so much like everything else, you might as well be watching those films instead.

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