A Hairy Oddity: Our Review of ‘Another Wolfcop’

Posted in Movies, Theatrical by - December 01, 2017
A Hairy Oddity: Our Review of ‘Another Wolfcop’

When you’re living in the basement, and wallowing in your own filth even the slightest rise out of the gutter is kind of a monumental thing.

It’s rare, but sequels can actually be better than their original counterparts, it happens.  Believe it or not as Another Wolfcop actually joins the rarified air of films like Empire Strikes Back & The Godfather Part II in being a sequel that surpasses its original based on the sheer brilliance of the fact that it actually leans into its gonzo nature and stops trying to make a remote lick of sense thanks to the fact that most of the characters in the film are already established and it just gets to focus on some fun, over the top ridiculous set pieces rather than trying to craft a meaningful narrative.

It’s just another day in Woodhaven until an eccentric businessman appears in town with the intention of opening a new brewery and bringing a hockey team to town to lull the townsfolk into his nefariously evil plans for world domination.  There’s just one problem, he didn’t account for the highly motivated local law enforcement and a Wolfcop looking to bring him down, leaving as much chaos in his wake as he possibly can.

Let’s just get something perfectly clear; Another Wolfcop is hardly a ‘good’ film by any traditional standards…but that being said if you’re coming into a Wolfcop picture looking for character development and story arc, then you really are in the wrong fucking place.  However this time out, writer/director Lowell Dean really got to play to the strengths of the material by just laying out a gonzo narrative that truly doesn’t give that much of a fuck as long as there is some blood, guts, nudity and a few laughs along the way.

Writer/Director Lowell Dean brings us back to this world not having to focus on anything other than just another adventure in the world of Wolfcop and honestly that’s kind of why this movie actually works.  It’s flat out action, gore and trashy jokes for a lean and mean 73 minutes and quite frankly, there isn’t a damn thing with wrong with that.  He feels a lot freer this time out to simply focus on the set pieces and the visual gags to make an experience that actually feels a lot more confident in what it wants to do.  This universe actually got simpler if you can believe that and because of that, it got better.

Leo Fafard isn’t much of an actor but he leans into the over the top nature of the character with reasonable aplomb.  He doesn’t have to emote or anything this time out, just act like an animal and make sure it at least looks like he’s having a hell of a lot of fun while doing it.  The entire ensemble swings back around for the gags and it plays out in a very quick and easy fashion as Yannick Bisson has some fun as our bad guy and for some reason Lawrence Gowan tries to channel William Finley from Phantom of the Paradise while Kevin Smith vamps in the background as the corrupt mayor of the town.

None of this has any business actually working, but it’s hodge podge kind of not giving a fuck, laissez faire nature is why Another Wolfcop kind of actually works.  The filmmakers didn’t put a whole lot of logic into this project, they just wanted to have some laughs and share that with some like minded audiences, and there really isn’t a damn thing wrong with any of that.

This post was written by

David Voigt, has been a lover of cinema all his life and an actual underpaid critic for a solid 5 years covering everything that the city of Toronto has to offer. He was a content manager in video distribution industry before that and his love of all things cinema goes back to his first moments in awe looking up at the big screen. His 12 years of experience on the home entertainment side of the business have provided him with a unique view on what is worth spending your hard earned entertainment dollars on. Combine that with his unquestioned love of film, David should be your only stop to find out about the best in film, not only in Toronto, but worldwide.