The Call of the Wild (2020)


“This is a map of the Yukon. My son was always reading adventure stories, crazy about the news coming out of the Yukon. Wasn’t the gold, he didn’t care about that, it was the mountains. He spent all day looking at maps and pictures of the mountains, dreaming about was on the other side, places no one had been, wild places. We could go, you and me, see what’s out there. What do you think? ” – John Thornton

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A dog is sent to work in the harsh conditions of the Yukon Territory during the Gold Rush.

My Take on it – In high school I recall that they made us read the classic novel by Jack London on which this film is based

I don’t remember much about the book besides the overall theme and the fact that it might have been written well, but it was a bit boring.

With that in mind, I wasn’t that keen to watch this, but the fact that it had Harrison Ford in it made me curious nevertheless.

This is actually a very adaptation of the story and they find ways to make such a tale about a dog more enjoyable.

The film gives us a much better understanding of the life of a dog sled dog during a Gold Rush and how those around him, both human and animal act and react to the growing tension all around.

The movie has amazing cinematography which allows us to really take in the natural surroundings of the barren areas of the North from a Century ago.

The story itself is far too choppy but that may have to do with time restraints and a limited story line.

This film sports a very talented cast and even though most of them have pretty small parts, we still get a nice overview of the various parts of the story that they wish for us to understand.

The biggest star in this film tho isn’t Ford but rather the special effects and CGI wizards who are able to bring so many animals to life here to a point where they all seem very realistic in everything they do.

Even the main character of Buck the do is entirely CGI and his actions throughout the film move so fluidly that it’s hard to believe that he is just an animated character, this, in and of itself, makes things so amazing to watch despite the films other flaws in narration and character development.

Bottom Line – Interesting adaptation of this famed novel. The story is told quite well and makes us get a greater understanding of the life of a sled dog during the Gold Rush. The cinematography is breathtaking to watch and they do an amazing job making us really feel the natural surrounding of those areas nearly a Century ago. The cast is quite talented and despite the fact that most of the characters have bit parts, we get a clear idea of the various situations that the tale tries to tell us. The star of this film tho is the special effects and animation because they allow for us to really believe that the animals portrayed here are real.  Even the main character of Buck the dog is completely CGI yet he looks so real through everything that he does here and that is quite amazing to watch. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Each sled dog on Buck’s team (besides Spitz) was given the personality of one of the dwarfs from the Disney classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937): Dolly is Bashful, Pike is Grumpy, Joe is Happy, Billy is Sleepy, Dave is Dopey, Dub is Sneezy, and Sol-Leks is Doc. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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