Have you seen the second trailer for this, the one with the voice-over explaining to the audience how this is the story of how man found man’s best friend? And how the trailer made the movie look pretty bad. I was in for a surprise when it wasn’t.
There is so much to cover for this.
Last July the trailer was released because at that time, Alpha was supposed to be released in September. And then it got delayed to March, and then once more to August. I wasn’t even sure that I was going to be able to see it. I for one had wanted to see it since the first trailer. I am a huge dog person, so I am very much part of this demographic.
The film was directed by Albert Hughes, of the Hughes Brothers. As in the guys who brought us Menace II Society & Dead Presidents. It was shot by Martin Gzchlacht who was the cinematographer for Goodnight Mommy, and this film is absolutely gorgeous. And the editing surprised me as well.
The film took it’s time to get to the meat of the story, the reason why we went to see the film in the first place, the actual relationship with the dog. And it’s sweet. If you’re a dog person, it’s worth a regular ticket to go see it as you get to see early commands being learned, and trust being earned. First games of fetch and so on.
The plot line is fairly simplistic. Nothing that the trailer doesn’t already explain to you. Both the dog and Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee) get separated from their tribe and they have to find a way to help each other find their way home.
This entirely came as a surprise to me, and I sort of stuck in shock because of it.
Go see Alpha, not just for the dog, but it sure helps.