The Call of The Wild Review – Majestic, Breathtaking, Perfect

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

The Call of the Wild, from 20th Century Films, presents the story of Jack London’s John Thornton and an imposing Saint Bernard named Buck, who through fate becomes the majestic, leader he was destined to become.

Directed by Chris Sanders The Call of the Wild, based on the novel by American novelist Jack London, stars Harrison Ford, Karen Gillan, Cara Gee, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens, Bradley Whitford, Jean Louisa Kelly, Omar Sy, Wes Brown, Stephanie Czajkowski, Colin Woodell, Alex Solowitz, Scott MacDonald, and Brad Greenquist.

The Gentlemen Review – Solid, Gritty, A Mix of Chaos, Crime and Civility

The film opens with voice over setting the scene. It is 1897, nearing the turn of the century and modernization, is slowly pushing west. The word, has traveled through cities and towns across America, calling to those with an untamed spirit, hoping to begin again, ready for adventure or in search of Gold.

The Yukon, the furthest point known to man had delivered a mental so precious, powerful and lucrative that even the most unskilled and unprepared make the trek west, some across the great plains, some from the heat of the south, from all points hoping to survive the brutal winter’s and in the summer, after the thaw, find sitting freely in the streams the shining yellow rock that will change the lives of many during what has become known as the Great Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890’s.

This is where the film begins, in California, at the home of Judge Miller, played by Bradley Whitford, where they are preparing for a family feast. Buck, a huge Saint Bernard, is as much a member of the family as the children is home and pretty much has the run of the home.

Buck, we find is not always the most behaved member of the Miller family, and today, as the household staff files past the Judge with tray upon tray all perfectly prepared and visually stimulating from entrees to desserts, the display of mouthwatering, appetizing dining options are a picture perfect picnic.

It would almost be redundant to explain what happens next. Needless to say, our Buck has little or no restraint and when he sees something that catches his attention calling him. He answers. He was banished to the porch after destroying the birthday celebration meal.

The Last Full Measure Review – Strong Emotional Performances, A True Story of Valor

The porch is a cold and lonely place for Buck, as the storms roll in and the thunder and lighting is unsettling. In the distance through the trees, a small light flickers and across the night sky, an unfamiliar voice calls out his name. His curiosity gets the better of him and running across the yard a man tosses food into a cage. Unfamiliar with abuse or poor treatment, as his master is well known, the sudden slam of the door and collar harness are unnerving.

Dognapped. Buck is taken by traders. The ride to wherever is long and lonely. He is poorly treated and beaten at the hands of his new masters. Finally, he breaks free and as he attempts to escape, we see also he is on a ship, nearing Alaska and the beginning of Buck’s metamorphosis.

It is at this place in the story where the wilds of Alaska and the uncertainty of nature, the untested elements of winter’s, the challenges of this new territory become as much the story as Buck and his new life as a mail sled dog. Under his new master’s, Francoise played by Cara Gee and Perrault played by Omar Sy, Buck has had no choice but to wear the restraint of the harness and run out his frustration as he works with the sled team.

Of course, no good thing lasts forever, and one day the government decides to forego the mail delivery and they are ordered to sell the dogs. Once again Buck is sold off to another human who believes beating an animal into submission will result in loyalty.

Today,  after a chance encounter with John Thornton, played by Harrison Ford, Buck, who is stately and unforgettable, has etched a memory in John, who understands the wilderness is not to be challenged. For those prospecting, getting there yesterday is key to squeezing the precious resource from the land. The land, however, is unforgiving, as if it built traps so only those who understood, respected and followed its ways could find its treasure.

The Lodge Review - A Terrifying Psychological Cult Thriller

Today, John Thornton who hasn’t felt anything except numbness for years is compelled to find this animal that has called him.

The Call of the Wild is more than cinematically stunning, the story which doesn’t stray far from the original is captivating as is Harrison Ford.

With sweeping vistas, which appear to be the Yukon trail, the cinematography is breathtaking. As a live action/animation hybrid, the film uses cutting edge visual effects and animation technology in order to render the animals in the film as fully photo realistic, and emotionally authentic, characters.

Each set of characters from Judge Miller and his family, to the dog thieves, to Francoise and Perrault present vignettes exacting the truth of the moments in the life of this majestic animal. Like moments in our own lives, days, times, seasons and events, all rolling by in a collage of memories.

Academy Awards: Parasite Surprises wins Four Oscars; 1917 Takes Three; The Irishman Snubbed

Harrison Ford captures the essence of the man he portrays; a lost soul, who through fate or happenstance, is given the chance to live again. The life he saves when he saves Buck’s life is repaid.

The Call of the Wild, is a perfect film, the animation is so genuine it is impossible to determine which is computerized and what is authenticate. It is a feel good film given new life.

The Call of the Wild opens February 21, 2020. See it.

Haute Tease

  • New York Fashion Week: Backstage with Rebecca Taylor

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Rebecca Taylor, the New Zealand born fashion designer, hosted the media backstage prior to the presentation of her fall/winter 2008 line. Having been invited to have a one-on-one interview with the designer we met backstage at Mercedes-Benz IMG Fashion Week.

  • Nutritionist Offers Secrets To Deciphering Food Labels

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Understanding food labels can help you make wise choices―if you know what to look for.   Jillian Tuchman, MS, RD and nutritionist at ALOHA can offer tips on how to decipher nutrition labels so you can separate fact from marketing. 

  • Donald Trump Lists Beverly Hills Mansion

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Even the most politically disinterested person has not escaped being gobsmacked by what might be the strangest presidential campaign in American history. Candidates are scrutinized and bicker on everything from their marital history and health to even their choice of homes.

  • The Annette Bening Retrospective: Four of the Finest

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Annette Bening Retrospective, held at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills, showcased four of Annette Bening’s finest film performances over the past two decades beginning with her most recent Academy Award nominated role as Nicole Allgood in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT.

  • Celebrities Who Have Won the Most Emmys

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button


    The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards are just around the corner. The ceremony will be hosted by Andy Samberg on Sept. 20 and broadcasted live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Some of this year’s top shows include “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men” and “Orange is the New Black”—but as a TV buff, you already knew that.

  • Beltway Insider: Obama Announces New Cabinet Nominees

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama announced two additional cabinet nominees, over the past week, to succeed the departing Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer Review – Shocking, Surprising, A Hitchcockian Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer, from A24, presents a shocking dramatic thriller as the family of Dr. Steven Murphy, a renown cardiovascular surgeon, becomes the sacrifice in a satanic pawn brought on by the death of a patient.

  • OSCAR Trivia: The Youngest Oscar Winners and Nominees

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button


    Several media outlets have criticized the 2016 Oscars not only due to the lack of nominee diversity, but also the alleged snub of an up-and-coming actor. Nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay stole hearts with his acceptance speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards  

  • Beltway Insider: Countdown to Sequestration; Brennan Confirmation Remains Stalled; Ashley Judd Mulls Senate Run

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama along with fellow democrats are facing a high noon showdown with members of the republican party as the March 1, 2013 sequester deadline, and with it financial devastation for millions, draws near.

  • The Outsider Review - A Hard Charging, Attention Grabbing, Murder Mystery

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    "The Outsider," from RLJ Entertainment and Zero Gravity Management Productions, presents a contemporary corporate espionage mystery thriller, with unexpected plot twists and surprising hairpin turns, heightened suspense, ending with a confrontation on the information superhighway. 

  • LA Arts: Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures Announces Its Inaugural Exhibitions

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Kerry Brougher, Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, announced today Hayao Miyazaki followed by Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900–1970 will be the inaugural exhibitions on view when the Museum opens in late 2019. 

  • HL World News: Countries with the Biggest Opioid Problem (Graphics)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    This election season, candidates on both sides of the political spectrum have spoken of their personal experiences with drug addiction, garnering attention in the wake of an epidemic that has touched too many American families.  

  • Celebrity Interview & Review: Pride Loyalty for a Lifetime and Part II with Director Matthew Warchus

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    "Pride," from BBC Films, Pathe and CBS Films," a brilliant film that stands out in the sea of compelling stories, presents the peoples oppression as the joining force  between the  gays and miners in 1984's British Miner's Strike.

  • TED 2 Review – A Raucous, Raunchy, Bromance Ride

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    TED 2, from Universal Pictures, presents an edgy, frat house, party bus weekend, trip as they travel the extremes of acceptability skating the point of no return with sophomoric jokes and counter culture references.

  • The Gentlemen Review – Solid, Gritty, A Mix of Chaos, Crime and Civility

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Gentleman, from Miramax and STX Films, presents a contemporary tale of corporate greed as a hostile takeover of the UK’s Cannabis Kingpin’s business brings out the worst in everyone who decides the profit margin is worth the risk.