Wednesday, May 19, 2010
"Call of the Wild 3D", indie film encapsulates Jack London story
The story is like that of a miniature “Everwood”. A Montana widower played by Christopher Lloyd takes in granddaughter Ryann (Ariel Gade) for a stay, and at first she’s disappointed that there is no TV or internet. Soon she befriends a stray crossbreed wolf ("Buck"), who is all too tame. With other local boys, she arranges to have him in a race, but there are various obstacles, which tend to blow over too quickly to maintain any suspense. The local sheriff (Veronica Cartright) is about to put the animal down before a mysterious stranger (Wes Studi) intervenes as another of the animal’s “friends” (he doesn’t need Facebook); Timothy Bottoms (now aged) plays the scrooge.
It shouldn't be a surprise to see a wild carnivore befriend man. After all, a Toronto zoologist from Animal Planet "talked" his way into a lion pride by learning lion body language. Carnivores view human beings as a species worthy of respect and sometimes alliance. We don't always return the respect.
The grandfather reads the Jack London “Call of the Wild” story Ryann every night, as a curious way of encapsulating the source material, which generates the movie. That’s an interesting screenwriting gimmick.
Here is a link to London’s story in the Saturday Evening Post (1903). and the story to a reading quiz in high school English classes. (I’ve subbed in classes that did “Hotel Rwanda” and “Lord of the Flies”).
Wikipedia attribution link for Quake Lake in Montana , created by a landslide from a Yellowstone earthquake in 1959, a warning of what could happen in Yellowstone.
Here’s a YouTube clip (by McKrackerman1) about summer reading assignments of London’s work for high school.