Paramount+'s Teen Wolf: The Movie Review – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Teen Wolf: The Movie is a fun continuation of the original series that finds a way to quietly tease out a possible future of the franchise.
Debuting in 2011 as a successor to the supernatural teen drama archetype previously employed by shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural, Teen Wolf quickly expanded from the straightforward "teenager becomes a werewolf" plot of its source material to become its own entire fantasy universe set in modern California. Seven years since the show came to a conclusion, much of the cast and crew have returned for a whole new adventure in Teen Wolf: The Movie — which is now coming to the Paramount+ streaming service. Building off the emotional arcs of the series while retaining the show's original self-aware tone, Teen Wolf: The Movie is a fun love letter to the fan base.
Picking up years after the events of the six-season MTV series, Teen Wolf: The Movie finds much of the show's characters living their lives in relative peace. Alpha Werewolf Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) has found steady work alongside Alan Deaton (Seth Gilliam), while his friends have scattered, leading their own lives largely separate from one another. This includes Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin), who increasingly finds himself figuratively and dramatically wrestling with his son Eli (Vince Mattis).
Despite the time jump, much of the cast is still dealing with the lingering pain over the loss of Allison (Crystal Reed) from years earlier — which makes her the perfect target for the Nogitsune (Aaron Hendry). A vicious chaos demon that had been contained by the heroes of the series in Season 3, the Nogitsune targets Beacon Hills and manipulates the group into reviving an amnesiac Allison as his personal agent of chaos. Scott must reassemble his allies to try and survive the Nogitsune's assault and, hopefully, bring Allison's memories back before she kills Scott.
Teen Wolf: The Movie is very much a love letter to a beloved MTV show, bringing back much (but not all) of the original cast to reprise their original characters. There's a resulting lived-in quality to the performances, with everyone slipping easily back into their roles. Older dynamics have a fleshed-out quality, and new relationships are quickly established with a sense of charming fun. The show fits perfectly into the same realm as the original series, with a large and expansive cast quickly sharing screen time to alternating degrees. While this works for some characters — Malia's (Shelley Hennig) blunt nature makes her an ideal supporting character in the overarching story — others, like Lydia (Holland Roden), feel somewhat rushed as a result.
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The best subplot in the film is also quietly the one that teases out the potential future of the series, centering around Derek and Eli. Doing his best to raise Eli as a single father, Hoechlin gets to flex some of the paternal muscles he's been defining in Superman & Lois as Clark Kent. Mattis bounces off Hoechlin well, bringing a slightly reserved but snarky energy to the proceedings. Their relationship quietly plays out across the course of the film, the most successful at recreating the kind of teenage character dynamics of the series. Their plot line plays with ideas of family and legacy well enough, even for those without a deep well of knowledge about the original series — a melodramatic and effective family story.
Teen Wolf: The Movie is very much of the same caliber as the show it's revisiting, a knowingly campy return that'll be a delight for fans of the original series. Even when the stakes are at their most extreme, Teen Wolf still finds a way to insert some goofy snark or impromptu lacrosse. Designed with fans of the series very much in mind but well enough constructed for those coming in fresh, Teen Wolf: The Movie is a blast for anyone looking to return to Beacon Hill, serving as a solid continuation of the original show that purposefully leaves the door open for the future.
Teen Wolf: The Movie premieres on Paramount+ on Jan. 26, 2023.
Brandon Zachary is a Senior Writer with Comic Book Resources and has written for CBR since 2018. He covers breakouts on comics, film, television, video games, and anime. He also conducts industry interviews, is a Rotten Tomatoes certified film critic, and knows a LOT about the X-Men. For requests, comments, or to hear his pitch for a third Avatar series that incorporates robots, you can reach him at bs.zachary@gmail.com

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