The Call of the Wild

Movie Review – The Call of the Wild

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The Call of the WildCall of the Wild maintains the spirit of the story from the original book — by the same name — while making necessary changes so that this movie version will be more palatable for youngsters.

If anyone tried to make this movie perfectly loyal to the original story, no parent would dare let their young children see it.

For adults, the best thing about this movie is Harrison Ford. He’s just so… You know. He’s Harrison Ford!

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Personal aside: I know this sounds odd, but given the role Harrison Ford played in this movie, and the tragic death just last month of Kobe Bryant, I’m reminded that the stars we cherish won’t around forever. I hope Harrison Ford makes a dozen more movies, but if this were to be his last one, it would be a good one. I think that more than anything earns this movie an A.

I think kids will enjoy Call of the Wild. There was a large group of kids in the theater with me and they all seemed captivated — and then proceeded to play tag while the credits rolled.

The only thing I would criticize is that I think they over anthropomorphised Buck. I think they did this to make the movie more appealing to children, but the expressions they gave Buck just went a little too far sometimes.

Grade: A

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There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The Call of the Wild. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for some violence, peril, thematic elements and mild language
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Family

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  • jill florio

    Jill Florio Administrator

    Harrison Ford and Patrick Stewart!

    Good review. How much like the book is it really?

  • Dan Gardner Administrator

    It’s hard to say just how much it’s like the book. Both stories take place in the same time and place. There was a lot of savagery in the book.


    For instance, in the book Buck killed the alpha of the sled dog pack, but not in the movie. There were no Native Americans killed in the movie, but many died in the book. Things like that.

  • Susanne

    Anthropomorphised…. dang I had to look that word up. …But you were right. 🙂

  • Dan Gardner Administrator

    lol, thanks. Nice word, eh? It gets thrown around a lot in science. Like “Anthropogenic warming” is warming caused by human civilization, but not including any background/natural warming or cooling.

  • jill florio

    Jill Florio Administrator

    I haven’t heard that term, which is odd bc my degree is conversation biology. It makes sense, though. It’s not because of asteroid impacts or super volcanoes.

    I think we’re using Climate Change mostly now.

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