One of the films that was on everyone's lips at the end of 2013 was the graphic crime thriller Big Bad Wolves. When Quentin Tarantino calls it the best film of 2013 then it adds even more attention to the israeli film. While I can’t really agree with that statement wholeheartedly I do feel as it may be “one” of the best movies to be created last year. Big Bad Wolves has all the elements that make a great film. Solid story, great acting, humorous undertones and bit of gore that was very welcoming to this fan of horror.
Big Bad Wolves is directed by the team of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado who do an amazing job of making this film look stunning. One of the things that has stood out tremendously to me in the past year is that the foreign directors are doing such praiseworthy work with their cinematography. It almost makes me sick when I watch a film shot as well as Big Bad Wolves then see the rushed almost amatuer display by most American directors. The two do a great job of capturing beauty in a very darked themed tale. In Big Bad Wolves there is a child killer on the loose. Police Officer Micki( Lior Ashkenazi) believes he has caught the killer and go a little off the grid to get him (Dror/Rotem Keinan) to talk. The only problem is not only did they have to let him go after this fiasco but it also could cost Micki the case and his job. One of the victims fathers (Gidi/Tzahi Grad) is not too happy with the work of the police and feels it is up to him to stop the killer, and anyone that gets in his way.
All three of these characters are so dynamic that it really allows the film to reach levels unforeseen at the start of the movie. One of the more hilarious aspects of Big Bad Wolves the constant reminders of how the israelites thought of their neighboring Arabs. Like thinking they didn't have cellphones are believing they would shoot them on site. I found myself laughing hysterically at moments like these in the film. Movies like BIg Bad Wolves are so fun that it makes it difficult not to spoil the good parts. I can understand why Tarantino was such a fan of this movie because it does remind you a lot of his films. Not in regards to cinematography (which I believed to be way better here) but in regards to tone, narrative, and characterization.
The three main roles in the film are equal in relevance but the standout of the bunch is Gidi. The things he must endure to deal with the difficult task place in front of him are overwhelming but he never strays off course. He is the guy the horror aficionados will be rooting for as you see his relentless passion to find out what happen to his daughter. It really was a treat to watch him work and the interaction between he and his mother is priceless. Think Howard from The Big Bang Theory and you will get what I’m saying here.
Foreign films don’t always land close to home in the minds of American audiences and all one needs to do is go on Reddit to understand why. If Big Bad Wolves is playing near you please make an attempt to see it as I promise you you will not be disappointed. Entertaining to say the least Big Bad Wolves is awesome! Make sure you check your VOD services for this one because it may not be the best film of 2013, but it is for sure in the top of the bunch.
Big Bad Wolves is now playing in limited theaters, on demand and Itunes. To see if your city is scheduled to show Big Bad Wolves visit their site here. Big Bad Wolves is directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado and stars Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad and Dov Glickman. It is being distributed courtesy of Magnet Releasing.