Kate (left, voiced by Hayden Panettiere) and Humphrey (Justin Long) are like night and day in a wildlife park in Canada. The Alpha are wolves who hunt and provide food for the whole pack. The Omegas have fun all day long and do nothing to contribute to the well-being of the pack. Naturally, the two don’t mix – which means different and specific social circles in the pack. This also ultimately means an Alpha and an Omega cannot be a couple.
Never mind that this is a children’s film, the whole movie is about an Omega named Humphrey (Justin Long) who has a crush on an Alpha named Kate (voiced by Hayden Panettiere). However, the two get somewhere when Humphrey and Kate are captured and placed in another park so they can mate. Needless to say, Kate needs to get back to her own pack as she is the responsible one.
Oh, how tiresome, the “opposites attract” schtick in wolf form. Very few moments hit the right note in this animated feature that has such a basic premise and rather monotonous characters. While it’s not completely terrible, there is really nothing outstanding about it either. –MumtajBegum ( )
Eat Pray Love
AMONG Julia Roberts’ great talents is the uncanny ability to remain likeable no matter what character she plays. Such is the case when Roberts plays the self-serving Elizabeth Gilbert based on Gilbert’s book Eat Pray Love, a memoir that depicts her brokenness over failed relationships and a self-funded year of travels to experience life differently from what she has known.
Through that, she discovers the joy of indulgent eating in Italy with a new company of friends, an unexpected friendship and peace through meditation at an ashram in India and ultimately, a new love in Bali when she finally learns to be content with what (or who) she’s got.
Director Ryan Murphy doesn’t burden us with long-winded explanations of what went wrong in Gilbert’s relationships but rather, the little things that give Gilbert new insight: a new friendship, or going at a pizza without regard for her waistline.
The screenplay was too long – and a tad too whiney – for my liking. My advice: watch it if you are prepared to kiss 133 minutes of your life goodbye forever only to be comforted by the fact that Julia Roberts is a fantastic actress who can bring a presumably poignant but relatively “slow” piece to life, and expect nothing more. – Cheryl Poo ( )