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Three Reasons We Enjoyed ‘Alpha’

Three Reasons We Enjoyed ‘Alpha’

I love movies. Every Sunday as I work in my bed, I binge watch as many movies as I possibly can. I love it when I am sent movies that I need to watch for Fangirlish and yet I hate it. I mean, I feel a certain amount of pressure when they are sent to me. What if I like them? What if I don’t?

Alpha came across my doorstep and I sat down Sunday night to watch it. I don’t know why – for the life of me – that I was thinking that I was going into something that had a Dances With Wolves vibe. I was obviously going insane or just not paying attention. Then again, I didn’t read the synopsis.

Young Keda tries to survive alone in the wilderness after he’s left for dead during his first hunt with his Cro-Magnon tribe. He soon forms an unlikely alliance with a lone wolf that was abandoned by its pack. Facing overwhelming odds and nonstop danger, Keda and the wolf must now trek through a harsh and unforgiving landscape to make it home before winter.

Definitely more Jungle Book.

I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely pleasantly surprised. Why do I say that? Don’t laugh, but Jungle Book always scared me. But this movie… well, I was drawn in from the beginning? Why?

The Beautiful Shots

I think that one of the most important things with a movie is how it is shot. If the scenery, if the setting, if everything is all out of whack, I will turn that thing off. Sure – 20,000 years ago (where Alpha is set) is bound to be prettier, because we haven’t destroyed nature. But I think that what really got me was that everything felt like I was being taken out of the world we live in and reminded that there was once a world that was untouched, beautiful, and simple.

Mans Best Friend

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Now – I am not a dog person, so by default, I would pass on a wolf. You know, unless it’s Jacob from Twilight. Then he can appear on my doorstep anytime. But the relationship with Keda and his wolf, made me want to go out and get a dog. I want a best friend like that – the one that would do anything for you and will always be there for you. I wanted the person that would sacrifice everything and never leave my side. The relationship was beautiful.

The Hit With The Feels

I didn’t think that I would be kicked in the gut with emotion. Keda is left for dead when his tribe thinks that he dies after being caught on a beasts (bison) horn. When the bison goes over the ledge and Keda lands on a small ledge, unconscious, everyone thinks that he’s dead. It’s almost winter and when he comes to he knows he’s gotta make it back before the winter hits. The epic journey is one that takes you on a roller coaster of emotion and you’re gonna be thankful for the ride.


  • Prepare yourself for subtitles
  • The movie will make you a little qweezy at times
  • It’s like YA Castaway meets The Jungle Book

Alpha is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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