Jaeden Martell Escapes The Makeup In ‘The True Adventures of Wolfboy’ [Review]

The Playlist | 7/2/2019 | Gregory Ellwood
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KARLOVY VARY – When your main character is wearing makeup that makes him or her unrecognizable for an entire feature-length film it better be good. In the case of “The True Adventures of Wolfboy,” a fantastical drama that centers on a teenage boy with hypertrichosis, it needs to be stellar. In that respect, director Martin Krejci was given a gift from a substantial makeup team that delivers award-worthy work.* You also need an actor that can deliver a rich performance under such circumstances and Krejci lucked out with the immensely talented Jaeden Martell. Despite bucking the odds in those two key areas, the other elements in this long-delayed indie result in a picture that is certainly watchable but not much more than that.

*It’s actually quite disappointing the filmmakers have not made any images of Martell as Paul in full makeup available to the public.

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Debuting out of competition at the 2019 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the “Wolfboy” in question is Paul (Martell), a 13-year-old Buffalo, New York boy whose genetic condition causes excessive hair growth all over his body. As you’d expect with any young person, he’s not dealing with the social awkwardness of his appearance very well despite the positive encouragement from his single father, Denny (Chris Messina). Paul is then shocked when, as a birthday present, his dad presents him with the option of going to a private academy that provides a “safe” environment for kids suffering numerous deformities. Distraught over the prospect, he finds a gift in his room addressed from his long lost mother. It’s a map with an...
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