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Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Lyric Ross, Angela Bassett, James Hong, Sam Zelaya, Tamara Smart, Seema Virdi, Ramona Young, Ving Rhames
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix stop-motion animated horror comedy directed and written by Henry Selick and Jordan Peele. Wendell & Wild (2022) follows two scheming demon brothers, Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Jordan Peele) who enlist the aid of 13-year-old Kat Elliot (Lyric Ross), a tough teen with a load of guilt, to summon them to the Land of the Living. But what Kat demands in return leads to a brilliantly bizarre and comedic adventure like no other.
Kat: One scream, and my parents were gone. Figured I’d just hate myself for the rest of my life. But fate had other ideas.
Kat: They say everyone’s got demons, right? My demons have names.
Wendell: [to Wild] As your older brother, I demand you regurgitate that cream!
Wendell: [referring to Kat] Woh. I’m having a vision, Wild!
Wild: A green-headed girl.
Wendell: You see her too?
Wild: I do.
Wendell: She seems so real. Freaky!
Kat: With my folks dead, the next five years were hell. Yeah, I got into a little trouble. Okay, a lot of trouble But at thirteen, I got a do-over at this fancy girls school, RBC. Only problem, it was back in Rust Bank.
Kat: Good memories, they can hurt the most. But it wasn’t just a do-over. Something else up at that school was pulling me back. Something that knew what I was before I did.
Sloane: There’s holistic goat yoga each noon.
Siobhan: Feed your soul, not your waistline.
Sweetie: Evenings, we meditate for the environment.
Siobhan: The earth resonates beneath our bums.
Kat: [referring to her boom box] Hey, don’t touch!
Siobhan: What is it?
Kat: It’s vintage.
Siobhan: Touched it!
Siobhan: [referring to Kat] I have a feeling Kay-Kay’s the best thing to happen here in a long time.
Kat: I don’t do friends, Raul. Bad things happen to people I’m close to.
Raul: Like what?
Kat: They die.
Sister Helley: [referring to her hand] Well, the mark proves that you’re special, Kat. But it has to be our secret.
Sister Helley: That’s how I can protect you.
Kat: Protect me from what?
Siobhan: So, what do we believe just happened? Sweetie?
Sweetie: Kay-Kay is a sorceress!
Sloane: No. She’s clearly telekinetic. Her mind can move matter.
Siobhan: Well, I would posit that Kay-Kay is an interrupter. A disturber of the status quo.
Wendell: Now, we’re stuck here for life!
Wild: Guess we got what we deserve.
Wendell: We?! You have not begun to get what you deserve.
Wendell: [referring to Kat] I think it’s time to see our Hell Maiden. Got any spare hair cream?
Wild: Let the re-visioning begin.
'Good memories, they can hurt the most.' - Kat (Wendell & Wild) Click To Tweet
Irmgard Klaxon: We need our own council members to win the vote.
Father Bests: Oh, yes. The old-guard members. They would vote for you!
Irmgard Klaxon: Ooh! Where do we find them, Father?
Father Bests: In the finest mausoleums in the cemetery.
Irmgard, Lane: They’re dead?!
Kat: Who are you? What are you doing in my dream?
Wild: Greetings, Hell Maiden!
Kat: What do you want?
Wild: We are Wendell and Wild.
Wendell: Your personal demons.
Wendell: You can summon us to the Land of the Living.
Kat: Why would I do that?
Wild: Because we’ll give you whatever you want.
Kat: Huh. Only thing I want is my parents. And they’re dead.
Wendell: We can’t raise the dead.
Wild: Well, we do know how to lie.
Wendell: Oh! I like that plan.
'Maybe demons aren't the most trustworthy creatures to make a deal with.' - Raul (Wendell & Wild) Click To Tweet
Buffalo Belzer: Wakey-wakey, souls of the danged! It’s your Scream Faire Daddy! Say my name!
Wendell: [referring to Belzer] Can you believe that vainglorious blowhard?
Wild: It’s love him, can’t leave him.
Wendell: Danged souls have to praise him!
Wild: Remember that rich soul of the danged?
Wendell: What, the Nigerian Prince?
Wild: Yeah. He said if we helped him escape, he’d…
Wendell: That’s nothing but a scam, Wild!
Wild: That’s sound financial planning!
Wendell: How about I snap your horns off, rub them together, and make a fire?
Raul: What’s going on, Kat?
Kat: Look, I made a deal. I’m bringing my parents back.
Kat: [after not being able to raise her parent from the dead] They lied to me!
Wild: [referring to Bests corpse] Ooh, that is one messed-up man of the cloth.
Wendell: [after they raise Bests from the dead] Who did it?
Wild: We did it!
Father Bests: Dear God! I’m in Hell!
Wild: No way, Padre!
Wendell: You’re back in good old Rust Bank, fully alive!
Father Bests: Thank you, Lord, for this miracle!
Wild: Not Him! We brought you back.
Father Bests: What?
Wendell: Wendell and Wild!
Father Bests: You? But you’re demons.
Wendell: Don’t worry, Padre. We are the Magician Morticians.
Wild: The artistes of the afterlife.
'Friends are like family. We do whatever we can for them.' - Wilma and Delroy (Wendell & Wild) Click To Tweet
Father Bests: [to Wendell and Wild] This is Rust Bank. Take a look. No jobs. No banks. No people. Go ahead, raise all the dead you want, but there’s no one here to pay for this faire.
Wendell: [to Bests] What’s to stop us from putting your janky a** back in the ground?
Wild: Yeah, your janky, stanky a**.
Sister Helley: I know what you are, Kat. You’re a Hell Maiden.
Kat: But how could you know that?
Sister Helley: I’m kind of an expert.