Call Of The Wild Movie Review: It is Heartbreaking in Many Ways
The Call Of The Wild re-tells a classic story with no new flourishes or surprises
- Movie Name Call of the Wild
- Director Chris Sanders
- Actor Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens
Rating: **(2 stars)
At the end this weepie about the adventures of a memorable over-sized canine named Buck, I was left slightly broken-hearted. The busy lovable dog, perhaps the most adorable of the screen species since Lassie, is all CG-induced which makes the whole experience a virtual fraud.
So why is Harrison Ford a part of this film? It couldn’t be for the love of dogs since there is no dog in it. It couldn’t be the challenge of playing a lonely embittered bereaved alcoholic gruff old man since Ford can play the role with his eyes closed. So what is it? Maybe a wish to do something unabashedly weepie and time-tested? Also the pursuit of gold that runs across the film must have seemed familiar to our aging Indiana Jones.
The Call Of The Wild re-tells a classic story with no new flourishes or surprises. It follows the known route with mapped precision telling us when to smile and when to shed tears. It is a classic hankie-drencher done twice before for the big screen with real dogs. This time the heartfelt story takes a beating by being subjected to a computerized canine procedure which automatically downsizes if not mocks the man-nature emotions.
If you are able to triumph over the treachery of manufactured emotions this film has moments that will win you over with their foamy force of its sentimentality. The sequences of Buck negotiating the wild unspoilt snowscape of a pristine Yukon landscape in the 1890s as a sledge puller are breathtaking.They are shot at a speed and velocity that the placid narrative cannot hope to match.
It is impossible to even begin to appreciate the full impact of cinematographer Janusz Kamiński’s vision on the small screen. Sadly the epic vision of the visuals must be scaled down in these troubled times of enforced confinement. Home is where this saga on serenading Nature must be experienced.
What you will take away from the film its credible core humanity and compassion generated by a canine who spreads his message of goodness wherever the adventurous spirit takes him.
Because at the end it is all an illusion anyway. If you know what I mean.