Review: “Teen Wolf: The Movie” disappoints fans after redoing season three plot line


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Paramount+ released the sequel to MTV’s most loved TV show “Teen Wolf,” and “Teen Wolf: The Movie” is not what fans hoped for. The story continues after the season six b finale, following the main character Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and his pack, years after taking off to find his dead lover, Allison, is caught between the dead and the living while fighting off monsters they’ve seen before in previous seasons. 

This film has been the hype for “Teen Wolf” fans, while others were disappointed by the fact that Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O’Brien) and Kira Yukimura (Arden Cho) said they chose not to be in the movie. O’Brien said he felt as if he left his character off in a good place. Because it’s been so long since he’s played Stiles Stilinski, O’Brien will not be played again. Cho, however, spoke out about how she was not filming due to unequal pay for her character compared to her white co-stars. Cho also revealed during her time while filming the show, she had still been paid less regardless of her big role. Throughout all the commotion, Cho has every right to not join after the harsh treatment from the production company but will be missed. 

The movie didn’t pick up where season six left off, which was confusing, and the wonders of what happened between the years remains unknown. The reasoning behind fans’ uncertainty is season six ended with Scott and his pack going after a group of hunters who are trying to erase the supernatural. 

Leading up to the movie, the storyline revolves around season three B’s plot, “Teen Wolf’s” most successful season, which Cho’s and O’Brien’s characters played a huge part in. Many fans believe the movie should’ve never happened without the main counterpoints of that season. Without them, season three would’ve never happened, and now that they are gone, it’s not worth ruining an amazing plot.

The movie brings back the fox spirit and Nogitsune, a Japanese folklore creature that came from Cho’s character and family; it’s upsetting they couldn’t get the original Asian actress that was the cause of the entire season.

Despite the negative backlash, the fan favorite Scallison arc received their reunion. Allison Argent (Crystal Reed) and Scott Mcall were the iconic high school lovers who had fans gushing throughout the entire series as their romance blossomed beautifully. The relationship between these two had heartbreaking and agonizing moments throughout the show. The main hope for this movie was for them to find that connection again.

Somehow, that wish was not granted for a long time throughout the movie. An extremely saddening part in the film is that Allison isn’t the same person from the show. It was understandable that she was lost and trying to find herself, but in the end, Allison did not feel like the Allison fans adored. The cherry on top of it all was the resurrection scene; it was an abomination.

Another dislike was that the entire movie showcased the characters undoing everything or repeating actions from season three B. From capturing the Nogitsune and putting him away for good, to him coming back after years, only to barely be in the movie. 

Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) has a son with an unknown person. Although Hale was last seen with his girlfriend Braeden, his son does not represent the two characters being together; Braeden is a black woman and his son is fully white. However, the Hale werewolf was undoubtedly the best character in the movie. The perfectly timed jokes, the acting and the overall performance was a 10 out of 10.  

Malia Tate (Shelley Hennig) ends up with deputy Parrish (Ryan Kelley) in an unexpected relationship. The pairing felt awkward due to the seasons never having the two characters interact for more than 20 minutes. Hennig’s character has been with almost every main guy in the TV series, from Stiles, Scott and even a minor tension with Theo (Cody Christian), the villain in season four, which undoubtedly makes people feel as if she wasn’t a character they cared for, yet her storyline was bigger than most side characters. 

The build up of slow burn between Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) and Stiles Stilinski has vanished. Stilinski was a main aspect through the entire show; his funny and sarcastic comments were what made the fans love him. Martin was the whitty, pretty and popular girl in school. Though her character had a rough start, she quickly became the most-loved female character. The tension between the two was a love that started at the beginning of season one and went until season six where they finally got the kiss Stydia shippers deserved. Having no Stydia in sight was the biggest disappointment in the movie, and having that slow burn thrown away enraged everyone who watched.

Overall, the entire movie felt as if the production team did not care anymore; the dialogue could’ve been stronger, the storyline was unnecessarily worthless to how season six ended, and the casting was a disappointment without the two main characters of season three A and B. This movie deserves a 4 out of 10 rating, and the second movie is in high hopes of being better.