With Vésémir headlining, Le Cauchemar du Loup has already become a staple in The Witcher saga. Does it live up to the franchise’s reputation?
In its new animated film, Netflix takes us to the land of Kaedwen in the 11th century, where a wizard fortress overlooks a valley of villagers. The film proved to be a good way to await season 2 of the Netflix series arriving in December, while introducing the character of Vésémir, mentor of the famous Géralt de Riv. See what we think of The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare in this review.
Overall, The Wolf’s Nightmare is a pretty good introduction to the character Vesemir, who will soon debut in Season 2 of the Netflix series. In addition to his career as a wizard, we learn more about his childhood, which prompted him to choose this path, but also his first emotions. For this, the film traces his past to the farm where he grew up, in Illyana’s company.
Tired of his condition as a servant, one day he meets Deglan, a powerful magician who happens to be the head of Kaer Morhen. Attracted by the wealth that the profession promised, Vésémir allowed himself to be tempted and promised to become one in turn, no matter what the cost.
Le Cauchemar du Loup, exploring from the top down the risks of becoming and remaining a witcher, also deals with the passions of young Vésémir (both 70 years old!) as well as the evolution of his character. Although his psychology is quite simple in form, he still manages to surprise us on several occasions. A convincing evolution, though very subtle. Several tones of humor allow the film to add depth to the characters. Plus, Le Cauchemar du Loup indulges in no displeasure in parody and shamelessly continues the shower scene, which has become legendary since season 1 of The Witcher. Obviously, the characters in the universe have a taste for hydrotherapy.
The film also has the benefit of laying the groundwork for the entire The Witcher saga, including the series and games, by explaining how Kaer Morhen was reduced to ruins and why there was so little witer when Geralt de Riv was at his peak. his fame.
It’s a production that has a desire to deal with a subject more than the one in the video game series, but also in the Netflix saga and the original books: the conflict between humans, wizards and witches. Between them, they form a trio of hells where chaos and violence have reigned for centuries.
We will note all the particular laziness of the scenario, which in its form takes on a classic, even simple, theme. Far from being a genius, but the film is an effective exploitation of a franchise that remains on the “what works” nail. We would have liked the scenario, which mainly focused on Vesemir’s character psychology, pushing the cursor a little further.
The battle, which determined the tragic fate of Witers and Kaer Morhen, came too early in the plot. However, it represents a major turning point in The Witcher’s history, one that shouldn’t be oversimplified.
In terms of production, we were pleased to find animation largely inspired by the classic Japanese style, with lots of violent and gory scenes, not to mention downright gore. You will understand it, sensitive souls and children to keep away.
While in the original English version we found Theo James ( Divergente ) in the cast, the French version offers us Alexis Victor in his best form. All the other characters are just as convincing in the original as they are in French. The Nightmare of the Wolf is a lot of fun to watch.
Overall, Le Cauchemar du Loup hasn’t quite met the audience’s expectations, but it’s still very enjoyable to watch. With a very short format, it doesn’t have time to develop complex scenarios and builds the plot solely around Vesemir’s character, leaving the trigger, aka Kaer Morhen’s intense battle, in the background. However, it’s a film that remains a great prequel to the saga and one that sheds light on certain founding elements of the legend of Geralt of Rivia.