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.

Director: Kwang II Han
Writers: Beau DeMayo, Andrzej Sapkowski
Staring: Theo James, Mary McDonnell, Lara Pulver, Graham McTavish
Streaming: Netflix
Release Date: August 23, 2021

The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf is a Netflix original anime that explores the origin and story of Vesemir (Theo James). Before he was the mentor of Geralt, Vesemir was poverty stricken child who chose to follow a path to Kaer Morhen. The story follows a 70 year old (though looks 24) hero battling monsters and the demons of his past.

Tetra (Lara Pulver) wants to disband the Witcher’s and claims they are engineering their own monsters in order to keep themselves relevant. The lifecycle of the Witcher is self-depreciating because they kill the monsters but the less monsters there are, then there is less business.

What makes The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf special is it’s little insights into the world of the Witcher and the lore that is explored more so in the video games and especially the books. Viewers learn about the trails the trainees and the interpretations of their actions from those outside their world. It is not all sunshine and rainbows for the Witchers of Kaer Morhen. Not a lot of people on their side.

While all the credit is due to Henry Cavill for The Witcher Netflix life-action franchise, we don’t get a full look at all the powers that Witcher’s can do. In The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf we get to see Vesemir show off magical talents on multiple levels. These powers and the confidence some Witcher’s have showing off has cultivated a bad reputation that is not so positive, and as a result human’s are not their biggest fans.

We see this animosity with Geralt in every other story avenue of The Witcher. The books, the video games, the TV show…all of it. This story illuminates some of the reasons why that disdain exists.

Oh okay, there is also plenty of action and plenty of violence. There is blood and one-liners as well. It is a lot like Castlevania on Netflix. Vesemir and Trevor Belmont have the same vibes and that’s a strong thing.

The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf is just fun if you are a Witcher fan.

STANKO RATING: C (2.5/5 Stars)


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