REVIEW: Ya'Ke Smith's Wolf


Wolf is the story of Carl (Jordan Cooper), a young man suffering from the lingering effects of sexual abuse. His encounter with the local pastor (Eugene Lee) have left him confused and tormented. Carl’s parents (Mikala Gibson, Shelton Jolivette) struggle making ends meet. A potential scandal arises, but will Carl get the support he needs and deserves?

Wolf touches on subjects such as Stockholm syndrome, sexual identity, and church bureaucracy. How these people seems so familiar to me. They could be my aunts, uncles, cousins, and family friends relying either upon faith or their desire to “get back” at wrongdoers. The cast comprised mostly of local talent excels with the difficult material.

One review cited by the movie’s official website calls out Tyler Perry for not doing this kind of movie. Perry’s comedies and melodramas have their place. However, it’s up to moviegoers, especially those of Black American cinema, to seek out movies out of their comfort zone. Wolf provides no easy answers for Carl’s family and no solutions which make everything whole. It is a reflection of the working Black American family that should be seen.

Wolf is written and directed by Ya’Ke. Starring Jordan Cooper, Mikala Gibson, Shelton Jolivette, Eugene Lee, Irma P. Hall. Running time: 87 minutes. Watched via Amazon Instant Video.

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Author: Clarence

Webmaster, editor, writer of Red-Headed Mule. RHM was founded in 2011. Currently is liking British TV better than U.S. TV, mayhaps.