Call Of The Wild Movie Review: It is Heartbreaking in Many Ways
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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.

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