Movie Review: Alpha & Omega
This film follows two young wolves, Kate and Humphrey, starting off as childhood friends on the day Kate is set to begin her training as an Alpha female of the wolf pack. Come Spring Kate has finished her Alpha training and is next seen on her first hunt going after Caribou. This hunt is interrupted by another pack of wolves from the East which causes a conflict. Humphrey as an Omega is meant to keep the peace and make others laugh, he quickly defuses the conflict. Kate soon discovers that her father and the Alpha of the eastern pack have made a deal to unite the two packs by marrying Kate and the Eastern packs young male Alpha. That night Kate and Garth are introduced, Kate is very much put off by Garth when he begins to howl at the moon horribly, dropping birds from the sky. After getting away from Garth, Kate runs into Humphrey and begins trying to convince him she’s not running away from Garth. Eventually Kate is hit with a tranquilizer followed shortly by Humphrey. The two wake up after being relocated to Idaho to repopulate wolves at a park there. Kate convinces Humphrey to help her get home and adventure ensues. In the end Garth and Kate are about to be married when Kate backs out. Kate has fallen in love with Humphrey which leads to a battle between to two packs. In the end Kate and Humphrey are together with Humphrey having protected Kate during a stampede of Caribou.
This movie flows well from beginning to end, it keeps you interested from the very beginning to the very end. The best part about this film is the writers actually asked experts about and observed wild wolves in order to understand the pack structure. Toward the end Humphrey is about to do what many Omegas do, take the lone wolf route. This in nature eventually leads to the formation of a new pack, but for the purposes of this film they couldn’t have that happen. All in all an excellent film that does a good job debunking many of the common misconceptions concerning wolf pack structure that were first documented by scientists when they took unrelated wolves from the wild and introduced them to a new pack unlike anything nature would produce. This film is dedicated to the memory of Dennis Hopper, his last film role before his death. I highly recommend this film to adults and children both.
Review by: Marnol – See his Blog HERE
- Justin Long as Humphrey, an omega wolf.
- Hayden Panettiere as Kate, an alpha wolf and daughter of Winston, the alpha-male.
- Dennis Hopper as Tony, the alpha-male of the Eastern pack.
- Danny Glover as Winston, Kate and Lilly’s father and the alpha-male of his pack.
- Larry Miller as Marcel, a golf-playing French-Canadian goose from Idaho.
- Eric Price as Paddy, Marcel’s caddy, a duck, and as Mooch, an overweight omega wolf and one of Humphrey’s friends.
- Vicki Lewis as Eve, Winston’s mate and Kate and Lilly’s mother.
- Chris Carmack as Garth, Tony’s son, an alpha wolf.
- Christina Ricci as Lilly, Kate’s younger sister, an omega wolf.
- Maya Feltheimer as Bear Cub, a small, innocent rascal who plays with Humphrey.
- Kevin Sussman as Shakey
- Brian Donovan as Salty
- Bitsie Tulloch as Sweets
- Paul Nakauchi as Hutch (Uncredited)
- Official website
- Alpha and Omega at the Internet Movie Database
- Alpha and Omega at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Alpha and Omega at Allmovie
- Alpha and Omega at Rotten Tomatoes
- Alpha and Omega at Metacritic
- Alpha and Omega at Box Office Mojo