Alpha and Omega

12 Oct

Title: Alpha and Omega
Year: 2010
Directors: Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck
Writers: Chris Denk and Steve Moore
Starring: Justin Long, Hayden Panattiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, Christina Ricci
MPAA Rating: PG, rude humor and some mild action
Runtime: 88 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 3.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 15%

The deal with Alpha and Omega is as simple as this: The only feasible reason I could conjure for anyone to actually want to see this film, is the fact that the person is one of those serious die-hard fanatics of Dennis Hopper, and want to see the last film he worked on before his unfortunate passing. And Mr. Hopper should be thankful from six feet under that people don’t remember actors by their last film, because this is one disgraceful affair.

Seriously though, in a year that has given us such amazing animation films like Toy Story 3, Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon, this one is truly bad, and will surely go down as the worst animated film of the year, unless a seriously disastrous one comes out. The animation in it is just plain bad, and in this day and age we are used to such masterful animation skills that this just doesn’t cut it, and not only that, but the plot is absolutely uninspired and provides virtually no laughs even though it tries shamefully hard.

Alpha and Omega is the first film produced by Lionsgate in partnership with Crest Animation, a Mumbai company. I mean, look, Pixar is obviously the one that does the best animated films year after year, but DreamWorks has done some pretty amazing animated films themselves, especially Kung Fu Panda, and Universal seems to have become a contender after the awesomeness that came with Despicable Me earlier this year, but this studio collaboration won’t be an addition to that list anytime soon. There is just honestly nothing good that can be said about the animation in this one, occasionally the backgrounds look quite alright, they have a rather cool feel about them, but that’s seriously about it.

Anyways, the title is a reference to the social status in the wolf community, and there are two wolves, Kate, the alpha wolf, and Humphrey, the omega wolf who’s always had a crush on Kate, so yeah, they come from these two different classes, but end up being star-crossed lovers and you know that love can overcome class boundaries blah blah blah. I won’t go on and on about the story because I honestly thought it was just a recycled plot with other borrowed elements that worked at a seriously underwhelming rate, so yeah, this is the end of my review for Alpha and Omega, and I’ll find myself giving this one a (barely) passing grade, only because I don’t want to fail Dennis Hopper’s last film.

Grade: C-

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