Final Rating: 8.1/10
A group of boys appeared on 20/20 last month, and they discussed their lives. This kind of show is named this way to represent the way it opens your eyes to the world. For this family, there was no world. There were only other worlds they have never experienced: Ours and those in the movies. The Wolfpack is a documentary that enters our world and that of movie making through the jilted abnormalities as told by those without the most refined social skills.
That is because movie making is all the Angulo family knew. These kids, six in total, were locked in a tiny apartment complex with their mother for their entire lives. Their father, Oscar, was an over protective and delisional dictator that felt he was doing his loved ones a favor by locking them away from a dangerous world. He took away the life his wife knew and he blinded his children from the possibilities they could have had.
So the Angulo sons, trapped in a domestic jail, passed their time by replicating movies they knew and loved. They remade classics like Reservoir Dogs from start to finish, with each and every line and action rewritten in a complete script. Their movements and accents match the original films’ as best as they can, while complex props were made out of tape, cereal boxes and other household items. There is some top notch mimicry here, where part of the charm comes from how well these boys know their films.
Crystal Moselle’s film will explain the situation on a small scale. Each son will talk about their experience, but their social graces have been shaped by screenplay dialogue their whole lives. Moselle’s debut will focus on letting us enter their world as they enter ours, instead. Most of thr film’s duration works as a set up for the devastating final moments. These include the struggle to be included in our world. To the Angulo boys, everything is like a high definition movie “in 3-D”. These children are, sadly, going to learn how shallow some of the world is, too.
There is a beauty within this story, especially when you see maturing men relive their lives as they discover so many different things the world has to offer (the beach, nature, even seeing a movie on a big screen for the first time). The film is shot with an amateur style to compliment the kind of filmmaking the sons had to work with. It is also pieced together like an early Public Enemy album, where each spliced clip adds to the movie as a whole and not always in a way to push the story in a chronological order. You will experience the story more than you will leave with many answers, but sometimes all you need is to experience something rather than analyze it. The 20/20 interview shows that the Angulo boys have made it out alright. The Wolfpack is a raw and quirky movie that will be a bit harder to digest since you live their lives for a short time. You will leave knowing that the art of filmmaking gave this family life not just because it saved their sanity, but it told us their story, too.