On Sunday, Feb. 23, I saw the novel-based movie, CALL OF THE WILD. Keep in mind, I have yet to read the book. As such, I will not be discussing any similarities or differences between the book and the film. However, now that I have seen the film and loved it, I am Hell-bent on reading the book. I have seen a lot of novel-based films (The Shining, IT, Green Mile, Lord of the Rings, etc.) but I want to say this is my favorite. ROOM is a very close second and is tied with The Shining. I have read The Shining and Room so I feel qualified to say that. But anyway, back to Call of the Wild. The film stars Harrison Ford as John Thornton, a depressed dog musher. The novel is a book—huh, go figure!—written in 1903 by Jack London. The film—and I assume the book—is set in the Yukon, Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s. Now I said the film “stars” Harrison Ford. But having said that, Ford only occasionally narrates the film and really only appears as a major character maybe halfway in the movie. The film more focuses on a St. Bernard dog named Buck. Buck belonged to a California sheriff. Buck is very hyper and misbehaved and the town does not entirely like him. As an example, Buck eats a massive birthday buffet that was arranged for the sheriff’s birthday. Buck is constantly getting into trouble. Eventually, Buck gets dognapped. He is mistreated until he is found and adopted by a mail delivery man named Perrault and his assistance, Francoise. Perrault has faith in Buck as a mush dog. There are other dogs, too. But I am not going to go into detail about them. We’d be here all day. Eventually, the mail service route is terminated and Perrault is forced to part ways with Buck and the other sled dogs. Buck and the other dogs are then picked up by a vindictive trio of mushers who could care less about the condition of the dogs and is more obsessed with finding gold. Cue Harrison Ford. He frees Buck. Buck feels a certain connection with John, but the feeling is not reciprocated at first. John takes Buck on an adventure he wanted to embark on with his deceased son “off the edge of the map”. Throughout their journey, John warms up to Buck. Buck is introduced to the tundra and wilderness of the Yukon for the first time. John starts to realize Buck is getting in tune with his “wild” side. He befriends a female Timber Wolf. I am not going to spoil the end of the film, but MY GOD DID I LOVE THIS FILM! My only gripe with it is that Buck is not portrayed by a real-life dog, but is CGI…and you can tell. I get why they went that route, but I do think the CG imaging could have been a little better. So, for Call of the Wild’s final score, I am giving it a 9.5/10. I took off half a point because you can clearly tell Buck is computer generated. I HIGHLY recommend this movie! I went in with little to no knowledge about what this was going to be like, and I think that worked to my advantage. It made the film that much more enjoyable. I’d love to read the book now and compare the two. If anyone has read the book, DO NOT give anything away in the comments!!! But if you have read the book but not seen the film, or vice-versa, feel free to comment. Thanks for reading!


Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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