Alpha blew me away. This movie was amazing. There are a ton of points I want to make, but I’m going to hit upon the ones that I think may sway your decision to go see it, otherwise we’ll be here all day.
First up, there is violence against animals. If this bothers you, it might not be the movie for you. When people were hungry back then it wasn’t like they could call up Uber Eats and order a yummy buffalo for dinner. Nope — they had to think of very inventive ways to kill them. The teamwork involved in taking down a herd of buffalo was intense. There is violence.
Second, and I feel this is a big one: 20,000 years ago, they didn’t talk like we do. There is no English spoken, every moment of the movie is subtitled. Which is fine for us adults; not so much for a five year old. I took my granddaughter with me and she can’t read yet, so I would lean over and whisper to her what was going on. After about five minutes of doing this she leaned over and asked me how I know all of this, with wonder and amazement in her eyes (this really made me giggle). I explained to her everything they are saying is written up on the screen, and I was reading it. To which she replies, “Then just read it to me woman!” (She’s feisty.)
The movie captivated her; there were moments I thought she was going to fall out of her chair because she was leaning toward the screen so much. So, my point here is that unless you want to narrate this entire movie, don’t take a child that can’t read yet. They do a great job of explaining a lot through actions, but I can guarantee the kids will still be asking what’s happening, non-stop.
Lastly, I highly recommend spending the extra few bucks and seeing it in IMAX 3D. It’s well worth it. I can’t emphasize enough how beautiful it is.
About the Peetimes: I stuck 2 Peetimes in there for you. I recommend the 2nd Peetime as your best bet. The 1st Peetime contains some information that you’ve previously learned, but it was in flashback form. I summed it up, but thinking on it, I would only use this as an Emergency Peetime.
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Favorite movie genre: Horror, horror, and more horror. The more disturbing, the better. Period.