Movie Review: Call of the Wild


For the new movie “Call of the Wild” starring Harrison Ford and a CGI dog, the first hurdle is to make sure that the CGI of the dog and especially the facial expressions of the dog are as perfect as possible. For the most part the technology for the dog and the special effects works, but there were several times when the CGI did look fake, especially with some of the dog’s facial expressions. I was surprised to realize that Harrison Ford is only in the last half of this movie, with the first half involving a dog (named Buck) and his life pulling a sled along a mail route in Alaska.

I thought the story was simple but effective like most Disney movies that are about animals. My guess is that the low Rotten Tomatoes ratings of only 64% are mostly because of the story, and the belief that most viewers are going to expect something stronger. The special effects are very well done, with the several dogs in the story as well as a very large brown bear. This is also a very good movie for dog lovers, showing the intelligence and loyalty of mans best friend.

My rating for this movie is a about 72%, a bit higher than the Rotten Tomatoes consensus and I do recommend For the new movie “Call of the Wild” starring Harrison Ford and a CGI dog, the first hurdle is to make sure that the CGI of the dog and especially the facial expressions of the dog are as perfect as possible. For the most part the technology for the dog and the special effects works, but there were several times when the CGI did look fake, especially with some of the dog’s facial expressions. I was surprised to realize that Harrison Ford is only in the last half of this movie, with the first half involving the dog (named Buck) and his life pulling a sled along a mail route in Alaska.

I thought the story was simple but effective like most Disney movies that are about animals. My guess is that the low Rotten Tomatoes ratings of only 64% are mostly because of the story, and the belief that most viewers are going to expect something stronger. The special effects are very well done, with the several dogs in the story as well as a very large brown bear. This is also a very good movie for dog lovers, showing the intelligence and loyalty of mans best friend.

My rating for this movie is a about 72%, a bit higher than the Rotten Tomatoes consensus and I do recommend Call of the Wild as a good but not great, family movie.

as a good but not great, family movie.

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