Going into this movie, I wasn’t expecting to walk out of it really liking it but I was so wrong. This is a good family film that deserves a family night at the movies. The Call of the Wild is based on the adventure novel by Jack London and set in Yukon, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand.
The story is through the eyes of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose domestic life gets turned upside down when he is suddenly stolen from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon in the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail-delivery dog sled team, Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime as he ultimately finds his true place in the world.
As Buck is on his journey in the film, the narrator (Harrison Ford as John Thornton) fills in the gaps on time and what Buck has experience throughout his journey. The performance from Ford, Omar Sy, and Cara Gee as the mail delivery owners to Dan Stevens as the greed-driven Hal just help drive this film. The only problem I say with the film is the CGI Buck (played by Terry Notary) and the rest of the dogs in this film. Up close, you see and feel their emotions that help tell the story but from the distance, it doesn’t hold up.
As a whole, this is a good ole fashion family movie with a classic story. The Call of the Wild hits theaters on Friday.