Jack London’s The Call of the Wild ( made in 1903 ) is a classic novel that follows Buck the dog on his journey, from living lavishly, to being a sled dog, and eventually becoming man’s best friend.
In this cinematically beautiful movie adaptation with Harrison Ford as John Thorton you’ll embark on journey into nature’s wild side. Much of the film takes place in the breathtaking wilderness of Alaska and comes at a time when we need to be reminded of the importance of protecting our wildlife.
Surprisingly, when you see the movie, all of the animals including the dogs are CGI or Computer Generated Imagery. The story in the movie veered a little off from the timeline of the book, but still told a great story for an audience that may be unfamiliar with this classic American tale.
The story is older than most of us can remember as it takes place during a time when Americans were literally still searching for gold through the Yukon’s gold rush. Believe it or not, this story is about Buck, the St. Bernard mix that changes owners and have very different experiences with each one. His last owner, John Thorton, gives him the grandest gift of all, freedom. Though Buck is loyal to his owner he unintentionally finds his own way in the world. He befriends wild coyotes and discover a new life and family that he may or may not have known that he longed for.
I’m ranking The Call of the Wild with an 8 out of 10 because it was a great movie, but having read the book first, I felt that there were some vital details that really should have been included. Still an overall great movie and the Harrison Ford’s acting is perfect as expected and bravo to the CGI team with the creation of the animals. I would recommend this movie to all audiences because it is enjoyable whether you read the book or not.
THE CALL OF THE WILD Adapted from the beloved literary classic, 20th Century Studios’ “The Call of the Wild” vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master. As a live-action/animation hybrid, “The Call of the Wild” employs cutting edge visual effects and animation technology in order to render the animals in the film as fully photorealistic–and emotionally authentic–characters. “The Call of the Wild” stars Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan and Bradley Whitford. Directed by Chris Sanders from a screenplay by Michael Green, based on the novel by Jack London, the film was produced by Erwin Stoff, p.g.a. and James Mangold, p.g.a., with Diana Pokorny and Ryan Stafford serving as executive producers. Rated PG. Opens in theaters February 21.
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Directed By: Chris Sanders
Screenplay By: Michael Green
Based Upon the Novel By: Jack London
Produced By: Erwin Stoff
Cast: Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, Colin Woodell