Movie Review: The Call of the Wild

February 29th, 2020

Details from IMDB:

The Call of the Wild (2020)

PG | | AdventureDramaFamily | 21 February 2020 (USA)
 
6.8/10
1,863
 
A sled dog struggles for survival in the wilds of the Yukon.

Director:

 Chris Sanders

Writers:

 Michael Green (screenplay by), Jack London (based on the novel by)

Initial Thoughts:

I hadn't intended to see this movie. To be honest I've never read "The Call of the Wild". The main reason I saw this is because my mom wanted to go, so I took her.

Main Points:

I have always enjoyed Harrison Ford and I will see a lot of movies just because he's in it. So the story here is good for most of the movie and there are some nice moments with Buck (the dog). I think the preview is a little misleading as they really promoted this as a kid's movie but it's not.

The dog suffers once he is captured and brought up north (dognapped if you will). The scenery is excellent and Ford does a good job as the narrator (he's always good acting). The movie does certainly makes you think about what it means to be happy and the benefits of a simple lifestyle that's more in touch with nature/animals/yourself.

All the good said I've got to say the dog looks really fake. I'll also say that not being a fan of the book also might have hurt my enjoyment of the film. Some of the characters are very 1 dimensional and the dog is completely unrealistic and while likable just gets harder and harder to believe the amazing things he does. 

Final Thoughts:

I did enjoy the movie and it made me think about it, at least for that night. I'll give it a soft 6.5 out of 10 and a mild recommendation. Please don't bring young children to this, I'd say ages 10+. If you're a big fan of Harrison Ford and don't mind this time of movie I'd say go.