Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Call of the Wild (2020) - In Theaters

Movie Name/Year: The Call of the Wild (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Length: 100 minutes
Rating: PG
Production/Distribution: 3 Arts Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Animation, Twentieth Century Fox, 20th Century Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 20th Century Fox Argentina, 20th Century Fox Brazil, 20th Century Fox, Forum Hungary, Odeon, Press Play Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Japan, Galaxy Distributors
Director: Chris Sanders
Writer: Michael Green, Jack London
Actors: Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Cara Gee, Dan Stevens, Bradley Whitford, Jean Louisa Kelly, Michael Horse, Karen Gillan, Colin Woodell, Micah Fitzgerald, Heather McPhaul, Adam Fergus, Stephanie Czajkowski, Abraham Benrubi, Thomas Adoue Polk, Raven Scott, Brad Greenquist

Blurb from IMDb: A sled dog struggles for survival in the wilds of the Yukon.

Selina’s Point of View:
I’ll be honest. The only reason I saw this one in theaters at all is because it was the only thing left at the theater that I hadn’t seen yet. I pushed it off until I had no choice.

Now, you know that I didn’t do that because I expected it to be a bad movie. After all, it made my Top 20. The problem is that I expected to be disappointed. So much of the trailer looked so epically good… and then there was that 90s CGI dog that was like a dumpster fire waiting to happen. I wanted to like it, but I couldn’t look past the strange design choices the creators chose for the main dog in the film.

Unfortunately, The Call of the Wild was everything I expected it to be.

The best way I can think to describe it is to compare it to Sonic the Hedgehog (2020). That film was fun as all hell. Great story, great acting… just a good time at the movies (except for the one woman in the theater that wouldn’t shut the fuck up, but I digress).

The thing is, if the studio hadn’t changed Sonic’s design when the fans called for it, the movie could have been as good as it wanted to be, no one would have been able to pay attention because they were distracted by the original awful Sonic design.

That is exactly what this film was.

It was such a good story with such incredible acting from everyone across the board. There were moments when I could feel how much the flick would be tugging at my heartstrings if I could just look past the out-of-date CGI.

It’s that simple. This film could have been walking pretty close to award territory if they had made a few different graphic choices.

I want to recommend it, but I just can’t. Maybe I’m just too easily distracted.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 61%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 89%
Metascore – 47/100
Metacritic User Score – 6.7/10
IMDB Score – 6.9/10
CinemaScore – A-

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating – 3/5

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