THE CALL OF THE WILD – Rated PG – 1 hr. 40 mins.

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THE CALL OF THE WILD – Rated PG – 1 hr. 40 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Chris Sanders 

WRITERS:  Based on the Novel by Jack London

                    Screenplay by Michael Green

STARRING:  Harrison Ford, Karen Gillan, Kara Gee, Omar Sy, Bradley Whitford and Dan Stevens 

As we meet the mischievous Buck, he is scarfing down his family’s dinner, as if he’s king of the world!  But when times get hard, anything is our society is possible…even stealing and selling dogs for cash, which is where it seems poor Buck is headed next…

But when he is purchased by a wonderful Dog sled Captain by the name of Perrault (Omar Sy), it seems that for a little while, Buck’s luck is about to change…

Now, as he learns the ways of the world traveling with his team, the Call of the Wild is beckoning to him, turning him into the type of dog, he was destined to be!

But when life throws a curve ball into Buck’s journey yet again, it seems that his next big adventure is about to begin, when he crosses paths with John Thornton (Harrison Ford), who seems to be in need of a companion, even more than Buck does.  And now, as their journey together begins to unfold, the Call of the Wild seems to guide them both, into the great unknown…

I give THE CALL OF THE WILD a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!  Director Chris Sanders brings to the big screen a very heartfelt film, full of fun and adventure for the entire family, as he takes us on the journey portrayed in Author Jack London’s 1903 novel, and which was previously adapted for the big screen back in 1935, which starred starring Clark Gable, Loretta Young and Jack Oakie.  But this time around, the big stars of the story consist of a rather large, computer generated dog by the name of Buck, and the relationship that forms when he becomes “man’s best friend” with his new companion on his journey, John Thornton, played by Harrison Ford.  And as the relationship between these two starts to unfold, you can’t help but be drawn to their connection with one another, as they embark on their great adventure into the wilderness together.   And adventure they do, as they struggle sometimes too, as the wilderness calls guides them both throughout every inch of this film.  So, with all this adventure and family fun unfolding, why am I not rating THE CALL OF THE WILD a definite “Must See”?  Well, even though I did enjoy many parts of this adventurous film, and I was super excited to see Harrison Ford, in this perfectly cast role, on the big screen again too, I feel that the CGI created animals throughout, began to take away from the ambiance of this film. I just feel that a film that is solely based on a Dog, and his relationship with man, and the wild from which he came, really needs a real animal portraying this role.  I mean, I get that CGI is easier than trying to get real animals to do exactly what you need them to do, and maybe it was to keep the cost of the film down, or to keep PETA from having issues along the way in the making of this adventure too, I just feel that for this particular storyline, it would have become a more incredible film, if we could have experienced real animals throughout.  But with that being said, if you enjoy adventure, heartfelt stories, and taking your kiddos to see films that aren’t always animated, and that they will thoroughly enjoy, then this weekend your best bet is to take gather your brood and head out to a theater near you to catch THE CALL OF THE WILD, as it will put a big ol smile on everyone’s face, over the age of 5!

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