The Call of the Wild is a pleasant surprise IF you can get passed the cheesey CGI effects. The story was a delight however, the CGI was a fail.
The Call Of The Wild, which stars Harrison Ford and based off the book by the same name, has been released to rent early for all of us movie goers itching for something new and fresh during quarantine. While the story was a pure delight, I was often distracted by the cheesey CGI effects of the animals. But is it worth the watch? Check out my The Call Of The Wild movie review to find out!
The Call Of The Wild Movie Review
The Call Of The Wild will pull at the heart strings of dog lovers everywhere. Even if you are not a dog lover, you will feel for Buck, one of the major characters in the film who is in fact, a dog. The story follows Bucks journey from first being a family owned dog, to being stolen and shipped to the Alaskan Yukon. In Alaska Buck becomes part of a mail-delivery dog sled team, befriends John (Harrison Ford) and searches to find his true place in the world.
A man and his dog is a story told which never becomes old. However, this story has a twist. In this case both man and dog have a mutual respect for one another. John is not Bucks “owner” but his friend, he is there to teach and help Buck find his place in the world. And in turn, Buck makes John a better person. There is even a scene in which Buck takes Johns bottle of liquor from him, having John realize a deeper problem.
The Call Of The Wild CGI
While I believe The Call Of The Wild story was simply amazing, it was still difficult to get pass the flawed CGI. I spent the first 30 minutes of the movie distracted as I was watching the cheesey expression on Bucks face. Luckily, by the time he arrived in Alaska and the meat of the story began, I forgot all about the bad CGI and was totally engrossed in the film.
Bad CGI aside, I thought The Call Of The Wild was a fantastic film. I was pleasantly surprised! After watching the first trailer, I had no urge what so ever to see this movie. Being stuck in quarantine and running out of movies to watch, I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did. Sometimes the message can be lost when a film is made based off the book, not in this case. The story of Buck touched my heart, I was emotionally connected to him and what happens to him throughout the movie, even with his cheesey CGI expressions. This movie made me forget of everything going on around me and took me on an adventure. “What an adventure.” -John
Rating: 8 out of 10