FILM REVIEW – Wendell and Wild

THE fact that the stop-motion horror comedy Wendell and savage comes from the creativity of Henry Selick (Coraline) and Jordan Peele (get out) is enough to whet the appetites of the public, young and old.

Selick, creator of The Nightmare Before Christmas, is back after a long hiatus with his first film in 14 years. And who better to team him up with than the new horror darling, the man behind the box office hits Nope and We.

The screenplay, written by Selick and Peele, tells the animated story of two scheming demon brothers, Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Peele), who strike a deal with punk rock-loving teenage girl Kat Adams (Lyric Ross ) to summon them to the land of the living.

However, the tough as 13-year-old boots have great demand for tricky little devils.

Kat is wracked with guilt, blaming herself for the tragic death of her parents, and now lives a difficult life in a religious school.

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She thinks that if she can face her demons, she might have a chance to live in the town where she grew up. The heartbroken girl makes a deal to have her parents brought back to life, but she soon discovers that some things are best left alone.

Of course, Wendell and Wild have other plans. All hell breaks loose as they enact their dastardly plans, all in hopes of creating a demonic theme park.

They recently discovered that their father, Buffalo Belzer (Ving Rhames), has a hair cream that can bring the dead back to life, but things go awry when they do some devious business of their own.

Wendell and savage is spooky family fun with lots of delicious twists and quirky energy. It’s not half as dark or memorable as Coraline, but it’s far more imaginative and satisfying than most current animated films.

It’s clunky in some parts as it ties into subplots, but overall there’s plenty of dark, joyful villainy to keep us spellbound.

(3/5)