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Wolf Movie Review: Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jack Nicholson and James Spader

Movie review of the 1994 romantic thriller Wolf: Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jack Nicholson and James Spader.

James Spader

I hope you all know James Spader because if not, you have missed out on the works of one great actor. No worries though, I will follow up with another James Spader movie. This guy loves range and enjoys controversy. He has played the lead in the award-winning TV show Boston Legal and played in  variety of movies including Secretary (Trust James Spader to make S&M look normal), Crash, “Sex, Lies and Videotape”, Dream Lover and True Colors. For now, I am writing about Wolf.

Wolf (1994)

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Spader

This is an interesting romance thriller. Yes, it is a werewolf movie in the sense that our leading male(s) eventually turn into wolves. But let’s not get into that just yet.

This movie doesn’t really have horror or gore. Sure, there is some violence but most is implied. Still, obviously you should keep the children away.

It is not really like any other werewolf featuring movie, both due to the plot, actors and director. Director Mike Nichols has directed The Graduate, Closer, Primary Colors, Charlie Wilson’s War and more. Well, acting is perfectly fine by all three leads. The music can be a bit much but hey, nothing too distracting.

The Plot:

The movie’s first scene is Will Randall running into a wolf at night and getting bitten by him. He sees a doctor but hey, he has bigger issues on his plate. Or so he is mistaken.

Editor Will Randall (Jack Nicholson)  is a mild-mannered, nice and successful guy. He is having a hard time because he knows his boss is about to fire him, despite decades of success. His wife, colleagues and secretary are all upset about the decision. His young friend/colleague Stewart (James Spader) is supportive and has told him he’ll leave with him. But when he gets sacked, he finds out that Steward is the reason behind it. He is angry and disappointed.

He is also getting a little weird. He sleeps longer, is more energetic, his eyesight and all other senses have improved. Sometimes he gets fever and serious pain. He starts disappearing at night, not remembering much in the morning. Normally, Will would accept demotion but he is more than motivated to kick Stewart’s ass after finding about work is not the only area Stewart screwed Will over. Plus, Will has met the gorgeous daughter of his boss Laura (Michelle Pfeiffer)…

Oh yeah, this movie has a lot gonig on: you have business competition, back-stabbing, adultery, love, shape-shifting, violence, self-doubt, revenge,action…It is a fun and exiciting ride. I saw this movie more than once and it doesn’t get old. Strongly recommended.

- My post on another Michelle Pfeiffer-starring Movie: Stardust


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  1. Posted February 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I remember seeing this movie and I really didn’t like it. Good review.

  2. Posted February 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Showtime has been showing this movie. Michelle Pfeiffer is simply beautiful.

  3. coconut
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    James Spader at his smarmy, back-stabbing, evil best!!! Nobody can play this type of role better than Spader. As far as I was concerned he was the most interesting part of the movie, “Wolf”. Thanks for the review.

  4. Posted February 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Good , thanks for sharing.

  5. Posted February 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Good movie review.

  6. Posted February 2, 2010 at 1:16 am

    It has been a while since I saw this one.

  7. Posted February 2, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Thanks for the comments everyone.
    Videomark, you should take another look if you get the time. So much fun.

    Coconut, you are so right. James Spader does evil so well. The moment he starts to change…and the scene at the police station… wow!!:)

  8. Posted February 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Love the cast in the WOLF, I am excited to see this one as vampires and werewolf are a fav of mine! brill write up once again!

  9. Posted February 6, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I adore Spader..with a cast like Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Spader, what is there not to like! Brilliant. I love creatures of the night. This would be a real treat! :)

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