WANTON WANT (2021) , Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Storyline & wiki

Wanton Want

Wanton Want Movie (2021) 

Douglas Paynter (Nicholas Brendon), who is struggling to finish his magnum opus, goes on a weekend retreat with his wife (Jackie Moore) to rest and reset, in the hopes of breaking through his writer’s block. When Douglas’ estranged friend Dan Mackie (Phillip Andre Botello) and his alluring wife Pia (Shoshana Wilder) crash the retreat, a stormy secret and deadly obsession will force Douglas out of his comfort zone and into a voyage of self-discovery and definition.

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Wanton Want Release Date

On September 28, 2021, Wanton Want was released.

Wanton Want Storyline

Plot Summary & Review

“Struggling to complete his magnum opus, affectless writer Douglas Paynter (Nicholas Brendon) joins his wife (Jackie Moore) for a weekend trip to rest and recharge, in the hopes of breaking through his writer’s block,” according to the synopsis. When Douglas’ estranged friend Dan Mackie (Phillip Andre Botello) and his alluring wife Pia (Shoshana Wilder) crash the retreat, a stormy secret and deadly obsession will force Douglas out of his comfort zone and into a voyage of self-discovery and definition.”

If only it was that easy. Wanton Want suffers from over-convolution, flip-flopping realities, and actors that rush through their lines and have their voices mixed unevenly; this combination of stumbling blocks makes you question whether you missed something crucial. In the interim, we’re driven insane by Doug’s descent into psychosis, irritated by Dan’s seeming lack of speeds other than “sleeping” and “turned up to 11,” perplexed by what Pia means to Doug and appalled by what Veronica has to go through simply because she’s Doug’s wife.

The story is given in fragments. Doug and Dan used to work together in a high-pressure sales position until Doug left to pursue a career as a screenwriter. Veronica just left her long-running role in a popular daytime drama. And who knows why Pia, who is soft-spoken, thoughtful, and smart, has married an insufferable jerk who constantly puts other people down to make himself appear good? Dan’s rants about his job and how ruthless Doug used to be run throughout the film, and it’s clear that he’s puffing himself up with his impressions of how things were rather than the actual sordid reality behind his triumphs.

Joston is a writer and director. As Doug steadily breaks down and loses his hold on everything – his deteriorating relationship with Veronica, the boundaries between him and Pia, his go-along-to-get-along “friendship” with Dan, and reality itself – Ramon They plunge headfirst into the metaphysical. Scenes play out in his thoughts (noted by a high-pitched tone), amplifying his envy for Dan’s money, his lovely and selfless wife, his ability to slip into any environment, and his capacity to achieve everything he wants (including, it seems at one point, Veronica).

Nicholas Brendon imbues Doug with a sly, skeptical demeanor that builds to raging proportions throughout the course of the film. Doug’s transformation from quiet milquetoast to outspoken “alpha” adds dimension to his position in the world, and it defines him as someone who never had anything to cling to in the first place. His shell is full of everything that others give him, yet it is empty of himself. And by the time he tries to regain control of what’s happening to him, it’s too late — he’s lost every control he thought he had, further condemning him morally and completing his transformation into a figurative monster.

Pia is a captivating, enigmatic character played by Shoshana Wilder, who sees the truth of who everyone is beneath their masks. Wilder, beside Brendon, is the most entertaining actor in this small cast, brimming with knowledge, melancholy, and optimism. We don’t know who she is to Doug because of the muted, improperly mixed language – it’s implied that he’s had a thing for her in the past, a “wanton want” of his, a concept brought up in a conversation between him and Pia that leads to a revelation about the script Doug’s meant to be writing.

The robber has three options, according to Pia’s screenplay: the money, the girl (not “love,” just “the girl”), or freedom. This statement establishes the film’s meta mechanics and serves to unravel some of the mystery surrounding Doug and what he sees (or believes he sees) between the four of them. However, we’ve already been browbeaten by Dan’s shenanigans, Doug’s shellshocked demeanor, and Veronica’s barely-veiled scorn for what Doug’s become, and all we want is for the movie to end without anyone getting hurt. Unfortunately, the final act unleashes some of the worst, leaving a sour taste in the mouth as Wanton Want dribbles to its self-referential conclusion.

Wanton Want Cast

  • Nicholas Brendon as Douglas Paynter
  • Jackie Moore as Veronica Collier
  • Phillip Andre Botello as Dan Mackie
  •  Shoshana Wilder as Pia
  • Tuesday Knight as DeeDee
  • Nihilist Gelo as Gary

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