The Call of the Forest | Review

 The Call of the Forest |  Review

The name Harrison Ford, by itself, already a large part of the reasons that would be worth watching The Call of the Wild, 2020) at the movies. But is that enough? Based on an American legend, the film arrives in its hybrid version of humans with animals in computer graphics only because it could exist after the merger of Disney and FOX last year.

Harrison Ford in The Call of the Wild (2020)The Call of the Forest | Criticism | Photo: 20th Century Studios

The technology Disney has since Mogi The Wolf Boy (2016), and here just one name figure was enough, what in the market we call the A-List, like Harrison Ford to give an elevation in this production. And really, Ford does his name and in The Call of the Forest he steals the scenes, even from the playful dog, where in one way and the other both need to meet on a great journey and find their places in the world. That’s right, even dogs now have the opportunity to tell their story of maturity on the big screen, The Lion King 2019 was just the beginning.

The roadmap for The Call of the Forest, adapted by Michael Green from the book of Jack London, does not take many risks and ends up being structurally divided as if it were a book, like closed narrative arches, but that unite around the dog and its story of overcoming.

Of course, everything is told in a very organic way, but the film really stands out when we have the figure of Harrison Ford on screen, and not only, in brief moments that flash to the viewer about his presence of his character.

Thus, we see the journey of a dog that lives in a large mansion until it becomes part of a pack of sled pullers, in which Buck he has to deal with his lack of skills in heavy work and still fit in with the other wild dogs. And with that, The Call of the Forest abuses of special effects to give life and digitally create animals, which rely on the script to have certain emotions transmitted on screen. And as we saw in The Lion King, the creation of snowy mountains, and forests, and rivers is all a visual pleasure to see that seems to have come out of a documentary.

Harrison Ford in The Call of the Wild (2020) The Call of the Forest | Criticism | Photo: 20th Century Studios

The Call of the Forest uses these beautiful landscapes to mask the history that walks with slow steps to get to where we want to see, the parts that Harrison Ford interacts with a dog made by computer effects.

Of course, the actors Omar Sy and Cara Gee they deliver an important part of Buck’s journey, and it is with the arrival of his characters in the remote village on the icy mountain that the plot gains a breath, when the sledge pulled by Buck arrives with the letters for the population. The entry of the characters Dan Stevens and Karen Gilian, as a couple of explorers, again give a gas to the plot, where we see Buck facing new obstacles, feeling the importance of friends and living in a group.

Even easy to understand, The Forest Path it is not really a movie for children, it has a little gloomy passages, but it does deliver a search for its place in the world quite pleasant at different times. In the end, The Call of the Forest it’s not really exciting even if it does well at different times, where almost all of them have Harrison Ford On the scene. We have here, a drama well done for lovers of films with animals and nothing more.

The Call of the Forest arrives on February 20 in theaters.