THE CALL OF THE WILDmovie review - Aussieboyreviews


Most will, but it’s always “Buck to the rescue… to everything”. The Call of the Wild is an unlikeable, slow burn adventure that gets old and tedious. 


Buck, a big-hearted dog, must survive and protect his fellow dogs when they are kidnapped and used for a dog sled mail-delivery operation.

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Movie details

Director: Chris Sanders
Cast: Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Cara Gee, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford
Writer: Michael Green
Release Date (Australia): 20 February 2020
Runtime: 100 minutes/1h 40m
Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Language: English, French


Themes (PG)

The film features thematic elements in the form of peril, threat and animal cruelty.

Violence (PG)

The film contains mild violence including a man being shot, resulting in a brief depiction of blood.

Coarse Language (G)

The film contains single uses of “dammit” and “hell”.

mpaa rating

PG (for some violence, peril, thematic elements and mild language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s Buck to the rescue… to pretty much everything… Witnessing a heroic dog who frequently demonstrates acts of bravery, resilience and determination will likely be an appealing subject for many families. Plus, the dogs are visually more fascinating simply because they’re CGI, and Harrison Ford is part of the tough adventure. 

However, beautiful visuals are pretty much the only sorts-of-entertaining things in this movie. It’s the one and only thing. The Call of the Wild is a weak, boring, cheesy and slow-burning journey, clearly not wasting money, time or popcorn on. To be fair, it’s the same pace as the trailers and previews, so enjoying those will probably increase your liking towards this movie.

Although many families will reasonably appreciate how the perilous situations are resolved, viewers who’ve perceived it too many times will find it frequently dumb and very old. It’s frequent to the point where it becomes completely and utterly tedious, in case the whole design weren’t boring enough already. To be a bit more blunt, the amount of uses of computer animations, alongside the animals, is absolutely lazy.

Even Harrison Ford’s character overall is weakened by elements that performances do not own any control over. This decent-appearing flick actually turned out as a bland disappointment. It’s boring, dull and there wasn’t enough effort put in.

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