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The Call Of The Wild Is A Warm and Inspiring Movie The Entire Family Will Love

The Call Of The Wild Is A Warm and Inspiring Movie The Entire Family Will Love

Great movies are not supposed to be released in February… or at least that is what they tell us. 

I am not even sure why I didn’t know Harrison Ford would star in an adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel, The Call of the Wild, but there you have it. I love Harrison Ford.. and dogs.. and Alaska. So, I was super excited to watch this film. Then, about 5 minutes before the screening I found out the dog was total CGI and my heart sank. Uh oh. How in the world would this movie not stink if the main character was about as real as an emoji?

I have to tell you, the dog– CGI or otherwise– made the movie. By the end of the first scene, I fell in love with Buck. And you will too. Trust me. By the time Buck runs off on his last adventure, I was thoroughly convinced that Call of the Wild absolutely had to be made with a CGI Buck. There was no other way to convey the story, the emotion, or the passion Buck had for, well.. pretty much everything!

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What is the story? 

From the official site, “Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.”

The movie basically follows the story of the book. 

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Why did I love it so much?

But Buck isn’t just a ‘big-hearted dog.’ He is exuberant, playful, compassionate, and a true leader. He is also a true friend. When he falls in with a depressed divorcee/hermit (Harrison Ford), the two are inseparable. And that is where the story really takes off. Buck and John set out to explore the unknown and I have to tell you– you will want to break out your maps (or at least Google Maps) and plan your own adventure. 

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The Alaskan wilderness is a character all to itself. If you have never visited Alaska, yes– it really is that incredibly beautiful. And no, the film– even though it tries– doesn’t even remotely do Alaska justice. Let me clarify, it’s not the film’s fault. It’s that Alaska is so incredibly breathtaking, no film can really do it justice. Either way, you will definitely leave Call of the Wild wanting more. 

If you know the book, you know there is a bittersweet ending. I won’t spoil it for you. However, I will say that it is nuanced enough that your kids won’t get super upset.

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The perfect Family Friendly Movie

And that brings me to the biggest reason I loved Call of the Wild. This movie really is the perfect family friendly movie. It is hilarious, action-packed, and filled with man’s best friend. How could you want anything more?

This movie isn’t trying to win an Oscar (and it won’t because even though I didn’t have issues with the CGI, apparently a lot of other reviewers do), but it is trying to tell a great story in a way that kids, parents, and even grandparents will be entertained. And on that measure, The Call of the Wild delivers again and again. 

I highly recommend this movie for families. It will instantly become a family friendly movie classic. 

So, get inspired to chase your passion, and get inspired to nuzzle in and be reminded of the importance of companionship, friendship, and love. 

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