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Alpha (film Review) *contains spoilers*


Film: Alpha
Year: 2018
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Directed By: Albert Hughes
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Marcin Kowalczyk
About: In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIxnTi4GmCo

My Review:
Having never seen this movie before and never having heard anything about it I was so happy to go into this movie completely blind. This is a movie which actually made me cry and I was so happy that it did as it showed just how good this movie was.

This film starts with showing how the main character is hunting then gets thrown off of a cliff making the audience unsure if he lives or not. Showing afterwards a week before that to give the film more context I thought was a really nice touch and left me wanting to know more about the tribe in which he belonged to. Showing how they were hunting and how the main character is the son of the chief however doesn't seem to think he can do it as he isn't the best at making fire or hunting was something I liked as it showed that he had faults and challenges he needed to overcome if he was going to become a chief like his father. Later showing the scene with him getting thrown off a cliff again however just clips of key elements I thought was good as it made the audience not need to watch the full scene again after having seen it not that long prior. The wolves in which come after him and try to kill him for food was a good touch as it showed how they were just looking for food like any other creature and it wasn't a personal attack. However, as he hurts one of the wolves and nurses it back to health I thought was really sweet and showed a lot of growth within the character. As Alpha develops you see the character talk to the wolf and understand how he really feels and that by looking after the wolf and trying to get home he is starting to fully take charge and be the man in which he could have always been. As he wolf leaves to join it's pack near the end of the movie however comes back to him when they realise he was in danger was something I found really sweet as it showed how the wolf cared for him after he helped to save it's life and there was loyalty with him over the pack who left them when they were injured. Finally, when the main character gets back to his camp and carried the wolf with him making sure it would be treated and safe I thought was an amazing thing as even though the tribe was unsure they understood how the man needed his wolf to be okay and to realise that it gave birth to a litter just after getting to the camp made me cry. This was so moving as it showed how even though she could have stayed with her pack to have them and have them looked after she chose to look after the one who helped her even when pregnant and the things she went through could have really hurt them. Personally, I love that this movie had a happy ending rather than a sad one which I thought it would do with the audience getting attached to the wolf, this surprised me and made me like the movie more! Having subtitles throughout the movie was also well done and didn't take away from the movie by making me feel like I was reading too much and missing parts of the movie but was really easy to follow which I personally liked as I am not a huge fan of subtitled movies. Not only this but visually this movie was really nice to look at and the angles were well placed as well as the scenery was gorgeous to look at which really helped to bring this movie together.

I can't fault this movie and would highly recommend it to people who are looking for an adventure movie which shows man's best friend. This is a film in which would be great for the whole family and especially to people who are a big lover of animals. I would definitely see this movie again as it was touching but also a movie which had me hooked pretty much straight away.

My Rating: 5/5 

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