The Call Of The Wild (2020)


As the great Klondike Gold Rush is attracting both ambitious treasure hunters and bold adventurers to the unforgiving territories of Canada’s late-1890s Yukon, Buck, a pampered St. Bernard-Scotch Collie dog, finds himself without a master in a frozen new world. But, there, in the corner of the Earth, the gentle canine ends up as the newest member of kindly mail carrier Perrault’s seasoned team of sled dogs, and after a succession of owners, Buck crosses paths with the grizzled recluse, John Thornton. Now, the adventure of a lifetime commences, as man and beast alike embark on an exciting journey of redemption and freedom into Yukon’s uncharted subarctic wilderness. Will Buck answer the call of the wild and finally find his place in the world?

I have heard some less than positive feedback in regards to The Call Of the Wild, all of which is unwarranted in my opinion.  While the film may not be perfect, it is thoroughly enjoyable, and touching.

Harrison Ford stars as the grizzled old loner, John Thornton, but the real main character is Buck, the dog.  It’s a completely CGI dog, but it’s pretty well animated, and seems to become more realistic as the film progresses- of course, that could just be my eyes and mind adjusting to and accepting the look.

It’s the story of getting lost to find yourself, and both Buck and John are on similar journeys of self discovery.  They cross paths several times,  ultimately becoming companions, and a lasting friendship is born.

Based on the novel by Jack London, and directed by Chris Sanders (The Croods, How to Train Your Dragon), it all comes together exceptionally well.  As is most often the case, the novel is better, but in saying that, this is a very decent adaptation.

There’s honestly not a lot more to say about this particular film.  It will be a heartwarming film for all of the family to enjoy.


Rick Trewin.

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