ALPHA AND OMEGA 3D
Wild Romance for Children
Starring: The Voices of Justin Long,
Hayden Panettierre, Dennis
Hopper, Danny Glover,
Christina Ricci, and Larry
Runtime: 88 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck
Executive Producer: Noah Fogelson, Max Madhaven,
and Mihcael Paseornek
Producer: Richard Rich, Ken Katsumoto,
and Steve Moore
Writer: Christopher Denk and Steve
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO
Lionsgate Films AKA Lions Gate Films
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870
Kate is an alpha wolf whose best friend Humphrey is an omega wolf. The law of the wolf pack is that alpha wolves cannot mate with omega wolves. An alpha wolf is trained to lead the hunt and head the pack. An omega wolf is the joker, always ready to crack jokes.
Two wolf packs are fighting over the valley for the remaining caribou food source. Kate’s father, Winston, the head of her pack, has made a deal with Tony, the leader of the other pack, to marry Kate to their young alpha wolf, Garth, so they can merge the packs and stop fighting over the caribou. Just when the deal is about to be done, Kate and Humphrey are captured by wildlife officials and taken from Canada to Idaho to re-populate the wolf population there. Now, Kate has to get back to Jasper, Canada before the two wolfpacks go to war against each other.
On the way back to Jasper, romance blossoms between Kate and Humphrey. Meanwhile, Kate’s sister, who is an omega, is trying to distract the hunk, Garth, so the two wolfpacks won’t go to war. Of course, romance develops between them too.
At first, Kate accepts her responsibility to marry Garth, but the trip back to Canada gives her a new appreciation for Humphrey. So, the question is, will responsibility be replaced by romance?
ALPHA AND OMEGA has a lot going for it. The ending is very well paced and full of jeopardy. There’s a slight hint of a resurrection after a caribou charge. Vegetarians are the brunt of jokes, and there’s a prominently featured libertarian bumper sticker on the camper Kate and Humphrey hitch a ride to help them get back to Canada.
That said, the script seems to have trouble setting up the romance. There’s an attempt to avoid any salacious content, but there’s also an attempt to explain the mating habits of wolves.
At the screening, a little boy said, “If Kate is an alpha wolf, how can her sister be an omega wolf?” His comment shows the movie had some slow spots and the plot was not totally convincing to a young child.
Some of ALPHA AND OMEGA seems a little silly and some of it a little slow. There are also a couple scatological jokes about going to the bathroom, and Kate getting into a woman’s suitcase and emerging in a bra. There are lots of pratfalls, dangerous situations, wolf fights, and other animated adventures.
In the final analysis, however, ALPHA AND OMEGA is a fun movie. While the message is not bad, a better message would have been if Kate had actually fulfilled her responsibility instead of following her heart. Even so, ALPHA AND OMEGA is full of worthwhile values and hints at deeper faith.
ALPHA AND OMEGA has a lot going for it. The ending is very well paced and full of jeopardy. There’s even a slight hint of a resurrection after a caribou charge. That said, the script seems to have trouble setting up the romance. For instance, it tries to avoid any salacious content while also trying to explain the mating habits of wolves. ALPHA AND OMEGA also has some bathroom humor and dangerous situations.