In Review: The Call of the Wild. (Adventure/ Western/ Drama)
Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Gillian, CAra Gee, Dan Stevens, Bradley Whitford, Jean Louisa Kelly, Omar Sy, Wes Brown, Terry Notary, Preston Bailey and Colin Woodell
Director: Chris Sanders
Harrison Ford has gotten older, but more wiser playing a character fitting his brooding age – so to speak. Call of the Wild, which seem more like an off shoot of that hit 80s TV series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, features Ford in a familiar character take normally accorded to the late screen actor Kurt Douglas. Donning a beard, loose pants and, while partly drunk shouldering a bitter loss, this Western tear jerker is not exactly for the lonely soul. It is about a dog named Buck, a rowdy name fitting of hairy animal character coming to terms with his phenomenal wild upbringing. Dog barks, is noisy, but uncontrollably playful. In short, for lack of a better, Buck gets his day out of a friendly home from mutt’s mischief. If that does not make sense tailing, then Call of the Wild is not your film! And it goes beyond being a dog later, and because Buck is a charmer a character for the big Disney screen. I am not exactly a fan of talking animals, specially those conversing crazily with humans – with the exception of Dr. Dolittle. But I have different heart for Harrison Ford playing friendly mentor opposite to a domesticated animal coming to terms with his wild side. While that may sound more appealing watching with human on roles, seeing that role with another teen flick facing up to life’s domestic challenges, I tell you, Call of the Wild is way better taking for a fun weekend movie with your kids. Shot with digital animation behind most of the action flicks, and I am talking about the dog shaping into the pack, offers more than of the emotional reel most people living with pets or domesticated can see through with heart. While it is difficult seeing Ford get all sappy, Call of the Wild does a perfectly flaring dog to man drama, all set sailing with a piercing heart. Filipinos will love movie in that regard, but what the heck, for the fun of it, seeing an intelligent dog giving in to animal’s wider side, premieres a different aspect of the typical dog movie with children playing fiddle to a loose canon dog like Beethoven. Call of the Wild is a movie about family, about the little things people have not other recourse but grow out of their shell – live life as it is being unexpectedly previewed. Call of the Wild is an emotional rollercoaster, and it is one that hits your heart with care! Must see!