Synopsis: Escaping from poverty to become a witcher, Vesemir slays monsters for coin and glory. But when a new menace rises, he must face the demons of his past.
A prequel to the Netflix series, based on popular books and video games. The Witcher Nightmare of The Wolf looks at the origins of the Witcher’s as we see things through the eyes of Vesemir. In the story Vesamir gets himself recruited when he wants to leave his life as a lowly servant to a cruel master. When a Witcher visits to rid his masters wife of a demon. Young Vesemir asks the Witcher if he can go with him and becomes well known through the realms.
The story picks up when we see a fully grown Vesemir save the life of a newly orphaned boy who has just witnessed his father and two siblings murdered by a beastie in the woods. Vesemir is unable to slay the beast but does manage to subdue it for long enough to get away and get the young boy to safety.
A Conspiracy Is Afoot
The boy that Vesemir saved winds up in the Royal court of the nearby noble family and he gets the attention of noble sorceress Tetra Gilcrest. Turns out that Tetra is not a big fan of the Witcher’s and wants to do away with them. And the young boy who was abandoned by Vesemir provides her with an opportunity to conspire to bring The Witcher’s down.
Dwelling on The Past
Throughout the story. We see a number of flashback sequences to Vesemir’s boyhood. These do prove important to the story as events unfold. Specifically, Vesemir’s history with Lady Zerbst in a time before she became a noblewoman. Not the mention the truth about The Witcher’s and their connection to Mage’s that create mutated monsters.
The Witcher Nightmare of The Wolf has an impressive cast and they really do bring their characters to life. Theo James provides the voice of Vesemir, who goes on quite the journey throughout this story. Lara Pulver delivers the goods with her performance as the manipulative and cunning sorceress Tetra. While Mary McDonnell voices Vesemir’s only ally, Lady Zerbst, who is the only person that truly knows Vesemir’s heart.
Graham McTavish provides his voice for the role of Deglan, The Witcher who recruits Vesemir. And also his mentor.
The Witcher Nightmare of The Wolf does a great job of setting up the world and showing us some interesting aspects of the origins of The Witchers. The scenes in which we saw a young Vesemir undergo his training are not for the faint at heart. In fact, if a modern child were recruited into this fictional world. They’d be on the phone to childline quick smart because it is a very, very harsh world.
Overall. An enjoyable movie that will likely tie fans over until Netflix get around to showing the second season of The Witcher.
If you are hankering for more Witcher. Feel free to check out our review of the first season.
- Voice Acting10
- Incidental Music9.2