28+ The Call of the Wild Reviews – Unsurprisingly Jack London’s novel is Disney Sanitized

The Call Of The Wild (2020) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you want to see a more faithful adaptation of the Jack London novella, go with the 1972 version of The Call of the Wild. Beware of the dogs, however, because it’s a (much!) more brutal film and uses real dogs, not special effects. Dogs are savagely beaten and bloodied by cruel human masters.

I flirted with idea of including a picture from that movie, but a text description will have to do. Earlier this week I showed a pic of a Borg implant eye being severed (Star Trek: Picard S1:E5), that’s enough torture pictures here for one week.

This move in 2020 using real dogs would have PETA burning down Hollywood. Oh, how times have changed.

In true Disney fashion, the film purges almost all of this [violence]. The man in the red sweater hits Buck only once. The fight between Buck and Spitz ends with Buck holding Spitz down, and then Spitz walking away into the woods. The dogs on the trip with the Southlanders also escape into the forest, rather than dying in the river. Without this interrogation of the nature of brutality, this version of The Call of the Wild becomes much more like the other dog stories London decidedly wasn’t writing: sentimental and moralistic.

The Call of the Wild book vs. movie: How the new adaptation compares to Jack London’s novel.

Hard not to like a gun-toting Charlton Heston (“Get your paws off me, you damn dirty ape!”). You’ll get none of that in the Harrison Ford Disneyfied The Call Of The Wild. Whether or not you consider this sort of source material sanitizing good or bad, I’ll leave up to you.

Me? I preferred the script from the 1972 version. I didn’t need to see the dog whipping and beating, but I think it was a superior script to the 2020 version. The production values, however, for the 2020 version are worlds better of course. They should be for a film with a budget of $135 million. Just how much of that was spent on the CGI dog I don’t know.

Time to get into the spoilers … if you haven’t seen this yet, might want to come back after seeing it to avoid finding out too much more about the film.

… you have been warned SPOILERS ahead …

More Harrison Ford Needed

Knew he was a supporting actor but didn’t expect him to be almost completely absent from the first half of the film. Call me greedy, but wish he had been more like Charlton Heston in the 1972 version. I realize the main character is Buck, but the two of them together is preferred.

There Be Gold In Them Thar Hills

The quest for gold is seen as a fool’s errand and/or something that the antagonists must do. And yet, when Harrison Ford character finds the gold almost by accident, he is only interest in a “pocket full, no more.”

Reviews by Others

Here are pullquotes taken from other movie bloggers reviews of The Call Of The Wild.


  1. Bill Pence / Coram Deo: “…is a well-made, family friendly film”
  2. Bryan Caron / Chaos breeds Chaos (Grade: A-): “I just wish the producers had been brave enough to use real animals for the majority of the film. Who knows how much funnier and sweeter it would have been had they gone that direction”
  3. DiscussingFilm: “Despite awkward effects and a third act that stalls the film’s momentum, it is a well-rounded film that can grow to become somewhat of a classic.”
  4. Doug Jamieson / The Jam Report (3/5): “This is exactly the kind of film Walt Disney himself used to produce, echoing back to the days of family adventures like Old Yeller and Swiss Family Robinson. It’s a tale steeped in tradition, begging the question of why more traditional filmmaking techniques weren’t employed to capture its true essence.”
  5. filmfanstake: “…is well acted, delivers beautiful cinematography and tells a dog story that everyone is familiar with. It plays to its strengths and doesn’t deviate from that.”
  6. Frostwritten / Allie Frost (8/10): “…while I love London’s stark portrayal of the life of a dog in the cold, cold north, and I respect the era in which it was written, I personally didn’t mind the changes in this version. Many of the original themes – nature versus nurture, the enduring relationship between man and dog, and the pull of primordial instincts, etc. – remain important touchstones to the story, even if they are shown in a different way.”
  7. Full Circle Cinema (7.5/10): “…is an uneven adaptation that struggles to find its audience. Certain plot points move at an odd pace and there are cheesy moments galore. And while Buck makes for an engaging character, the CGI is sometimes too distracting for its own good.”
  8. Great Ocean Writing (4/5): “is a touching film that celebrates endurance and friendship. Just be sure to have a box of tissues with you in the cinema.”
  9. Grant Watson / FictionMachine: “…is somewhat flawed and uneven it feels deeply refreshing and enjoyable at the same time. It is a faulty work, but at the same time a properly enjoyable family film”
  10. harveycritic / Big Apple Reviews: “At an hour and forty minutes, the movie does not outlast its welcome and might even encourage your little ones later to put down their phones and read some of Jack London’s adventure tales.”
  11. Irish Film Critic (3/5): “While the film is highly adventurous with bits of refrained humor, the weight that carries the film is the ability to transform characters from a negative environment into a welcoming and intrinsically diverse culture that allows its participants to be their best selves in spite of their own flaws.”
  12. insidered / SirkTV: “This movie of course couldn’t have been made even 5 years ago. But this is a distinct step forward in terms of realistic portrayal with borderline natural behavior. It used the tech to  exceptional use for story purposes without losing the sense of the idea”
  13. Katie Carter / Katie at the Movies: “There’s something appealing for every age, making this a family movie in every sense of the world.  It may not be the best or most faithful version of the story, but it’s hard not to be won over by the relationship between man and dog.”
  14. Kim Newman: “Ford’s narration works better when he’s not onscreen and sometimes it’d be nice to get more of a sense of the real landscape and real fur alongside the carefully crafted simulation, but it has great action scenes”
  15. One Movie, Our Views (3/4): “I do wish that the film had been a bit darker at times. But as I mentioned earlier, it would have been very hard for any film to truly live up to London’s timeless novel, and there is still plenty to enjoy about this version”
  16. Ready Steady Cut: “…is light on depth and you shouldn’t expect much more beneath the surface of analyzing the original source material’s take on loyalty and love that is as pure as the freshly fallen snow versus the greedy, vain, uninformed types that think they can tackle the great white north with entitlement and daddy’s money.”
  17. Russell Tom / Social Thrills: “…this family-friendly adaptation of the book to screen adventure story is sure to delight all ages.”
  18. Ryan Guido: “…the CGI in the film is wonderfully done. Buck, as well as all other animals portrayed in the film, are digitally created and exceptionally so. Despite the daunting task, each animal portrayed is believable and their interactions with each other and humans feel authentic in nature.”
  19. Seantaj / Nerdtropolis (7.5/10): “…is a great break from the big blockbusters hitting the theaters as of late. We just don’t get family movies like this anymore with such a meaningful and powerful story.”
  20. Tatiana Hullender / The Illumnerdi: “While Buck’s over-exaggerated facial features may take a good 15 minutes to get used to, Notary’s expressions and movements bring life to the performance and make the St. Bernard and sheepdog mix feel as real as any dog you’ve had.”

Not Recommended

  1. alexlynch65 / David A. Lynch: “…scribe Michael Green, and his screenplay tends to over-explain itself into lifelessness as a fairly brisk (if totally Disney-ified) first hour passes the baton to a second half that’s starved for narrative thrust.”
  2. Dashran Yohan: “There are no characters arcs in The Call of the Wild. No journey. Only generic plot points and one-dimensional ideas that we rush towards before moving onto the next one. It’s the kind of uninspired nothing-picture that leaves your body as you take your post-movie piss.”
  3. Dyl’s Movie Stuff (6/10): “The Call of the Wild feels like it should’ve been animated but, instead, is an average adventure film with a weird cartoon dog at the center of it.”
  4. Keithlovesmovies (60%): “…is a nice movie for a rainy Saturday afternoon. You’ll have a bit of fun and maybe even cry a little. but nothing more than that.”
  5. Novastorm: “The whole things comes off as a little confusing. There is a lot of violence and dog fighting in the movie that could really disturb younger audiences, yet the dialogue and story is squarely aimed at them.”
  6. Oscar Duffy / duffyreviews (5.5/10): “…has got fabulous source material behind it, and star power giving it some flesh and bone. But its bite is missing, due to the over-reliance on artificiality and mawkishness both in its script and visual storytelling.”
  7. Sean McConville Reviews (6/10): “The potential of this story could teach lessons to younger viewers through mildly mature scenes, but it plays it safe and that, combined with questionable CGI, it what will bring it down for some.”
  8. Trailer Trashed (2.5/5): “If you have kids, they will probably love this film for Buck’s cartoonish antics, but adults beware, there is not a lot here for the likes of us.”

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Happy movie watching!

NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: The Call Of The Wild (2020), Brahms: The Boy II

Week #8 of 2020 (2/20-2/23/2020) has two movies with main characters that are not human, animal or alive: Buck the CGI dog and Brahms the creepy doll. A weekend of new movies dealing with, yes, imaginary friends.

It’s still pretty easy choosing the top wide release from these two, not even a close dog fight, really ….

… #1…

The Call Of The Wild (2020) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This dog sorta hunts. The movie is more endearing once/if you can get past the fact that it’s just a bunch of whiz bang computer effects tricking us into thinking it’s a real dog. Don’t look around Buck’s dog collar because that’s where it looks the most fake. Just floating in space as a lifeless thing the collar just doesn’t belong.

Just leaving the theater (no spoilers) reaction to The Call of the Wild (2020)

And you’ll have to forgive me for wanting more Harrison Ford, despite the fact that he’s billed as a supporting actor. I get that the main character is Buck, but to get only half or less of the movie involving Ford made the film less entertaining. Also, I thought seeing Ford in a beard, weathered and old would be a sad experience (He’s Han freaking Solo!), but it wasn’t. He was good in this role. He showed up, did his thing, so pay the legendary actor already.

The million dollar question is whether or not Buck is more dog than computer? Suppose it’s done good enough but there are several places a real dog — that shelter dog Buck is based on, in fact — could have been safely used. I guess if we want that, then we need to go back to watching a prior adaptation. The dog being beaten bloody with a wooden stick in the older version scars the mind, so I’m OK with CGI for stuff like that.

Buck’s story is less compelling in CGI. I know, I know, there are animated movies and those don’t use real actors/actresses, but there is something missing in this movie not including a real dog like there was in The Art of Racing in The Rain ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This movie is on the streaming / rental circuit, so check that out and compare. Both are based on books, the latter on Garth Stein’s, the former Jack London’s.

Brahms: The Boy II ⭐️⭐️

Dolls, dolls, dolls. Oh, those creepy dolls you find buried in the woods. Yeah, taking that home, cleaning it up, dressing it like your young son is going to work out — not! I did like the name, Brahms and his child friend, Jude (Hey Jude!), but it’s an overall anemic effort.

Just leaving the theater (no spoilers) review of Brahms: The Boy II

None of the horror movies released so far in 2020 — including this one — have been good. I’m hoping this all changes when we get to A Quiet Place: Part II next month or maybe Blumhouse’s take on The Invisible Man next weekend(?). My favorite genre has been lacking, sadly, but it’s early in the year so far. October is when the big guns start firing. I’m ready, bring it!

Sonic is not going to have much trouble leading box office sales for a second week (Actually after Friday’s numbers, the race is tighter). Another CGI character, but at least one that was never real to begin with.

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theaters recently and liked (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie rated at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that the film was that good.

4-star movies are highly recommended and films rated as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. 1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 
  2. Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Parasite⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Sonic The Hedgehog ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. The Call Of The Wild ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (this weekend)
  10. Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. The Last Full Measure ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. Dolittle ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy movie watching to you!

Opening 2-20-2020 in Theaters: The Call Of The Wild, Brahms: The Boy II

Wednesday, here we are! Week #8 (2/20 – 2/23/2020) where we get to see Harrison Ford kicking it with a CGI dog in an adaptation of a classic novel and horror movie sequel involving a creepy doll.

The Call Of The Wild

I’m going back and forth with how interested in this movie I am. On one side, I like Harrison Ford and most movies he’s in. On the other, I’m not that crazy about a CGI dog, other than if it looks fake or real. I’d rather see a real dog, although of course I don’t want a real dog put in harm’s way. Just seems to me there could have been some way to have been CGI stunt dog and real dog used in the film. Then again, I haven’t seen the movie to know just how many dangerous scenes there are.

That all said, I don’t remember the book very well that I read some 40 years ago, so my interest in older books adapted into movies is minimal. I’m in the camp that favors adapting new works (books that have never been adapted before) over yet another adaptation of an older work. Clearly, this adaptation is trying for a creative angle, but that just seems a waste to me when there are plenty of great stories out there the deserve to have a movie made one.

Then again, I’m not the one investing in the picture. You’ve got Harrison Ford, that’s a draw, I’m sure. And a dog. Even if it’s a CGI dog. We love dogs, so it might be a huge hit. In my little tiny corner of the web, this film is very popular here. Whether or not that means the film will do well at the box office, I don’t know.

Bottom line: I’m going in looking somewhat forward to seeing it. Being completely honest, I’m not sure my interest is in the story more than the curiosity around the technology and that Harrison Ford is starring in it.

Anticipation: 5/10

Brahms: The Boy II

I didn’t see the first film in this series. Up until I started watching all new wide releases, I resisted watching sequels until I’ve seen the first film. Not sure how that impacts my interest in this one, but probably a little negatively. I can’t compare it to the original because I won’t have seen it first. Maybe I’ll like this one a lot and it will encourage me to go back and see if the original is even better (which is how it usually works for me with sequels).

I’m just lukewarm on this one. Hope it surprises me and is a really entertaining film.

Anticipation: 3/10

ANTICIPATION for Week #8: 2/20/20 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 2-20-2020 movies?

  1. The Call of The Wild – 5/10
  2. Brahms: The Boy 2 – 3/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

Both movies are confirmed wide screenings available at theaters in our area with screenings available starting on 2/20/20. Both will be watched, rated and reviewed probably one on Thursday, the other Friday.

Behind the Tennis Ball Man playing Buck the CGI Dog on The Call Of The Wild

Man (Ford) and his best friend, Buck

His name is Terry Notary. He’s not CGI, he’s flesh and blood. Notary is man playing Buck, the CGI dog.

“When they said they wanted me to play Buck, I was like, ‘Wow, I have to really figure out how dogs relate to human beings on a deep level.’ You know, they’re truly connected to humans, for eons, they’re our best friends, really. And there’s no filter when they look into your soul. There’s no fear of seeing you [or] letting you see them,” Notary explained. “It was really about trying to be present for [Ford] and really let him forget that I was a human, and be a dog and dissolve into it. And when we did, it was magic.”

Why Harrison Ford Answered ‘The Call of the Wild’ – Variety

In order to line up all the CGI, it is necessary to have a stand-in, which explains why Notary was there, complete with tennis balls attached to him so that the CGI could be synced as well as giving Harrison Ford someone tangible to look at during filming.

Only one other movie since August 12, 2019 when I started this blog has had more reader interest — at least in terms of clickthru traffic — as FIRST LOOK: The Call of the Wild.

On February 16, 2020, the movie with the most reader interest is The Call of the Wild (2020)

Today, this FIRST LOOK post has more traffic and clickthrus than any other post to date. While, I realize this little blog is a tiny space in the massive internet, it has motivated me to dig around and learn more about the film, if I can. In particular, the tennis ball man, Terry Notary, since our FIRST LOOK primarily dealt with the CGI dog. That’s what seems to be the primary topic.

There’s been renewed interest in Harrison Ford because he also announced that filming on Indiana Jones 5 will begin soon, possibly as early as April 2020.

I doubt The Call of the Wild is going to be anywhere as popular as Indiana Jones 5, or even if it will be a good film. Dog films share a special place in people’s hearts and there will be at least some interest in seeing if the CGI Buck is as real looking as a real dog.

Cool trivia: Buck is based on a dog named Buckley from Emporia Animal Shelter: ““We were having a difficult time finding a real stand-in for Buck. The Buck described in the novel is a very specific combination of two different breeds; and this is a combination you just can’t find anywhere.””

Actors on Promotional MOVIE Tours: Please Talk MOVIES, Not Politics – Yes, you too, Harrison Ford

Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan.

Look, I’m a huge Harrison Ford fan. Legend comes to mind. The man is an amazing actor.

But I really wish he wouldn’t use a promotional tour for his new movie, The Call of the Wild [FIRST LOOK] as a political speech platform.

Movie stars are welcome to their opinions, of course, this is America but when I see them promoting a movie I would respectfully request that they stick to talking about the movie. Make us excited to go see the creative art you were part of making.

Not sometimes or once in a while, but every time. Sadly, Ford takes the political piss outside the United States, in Mexico of all hot topic places.

The “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” star didn’t mention President Donald Trump specifically as he spoke in Mexico City to promote his new film, “The Call Of The Wild.” But he said the nation’s role in the world has changed ― and not for the better. 

Harrison Ford: America Has Lost Its Moral Leadership And Credibility | HuffPost

It’s not that I agree or disagree with Ford’s politics, it’s wanting to learn more about his movie. If you talk about stuff other than the movie, then that becomes the news and publicity cycle. This is the crap we’re reading about instead of what he thought about roaming the lands with his character’s CGI pet. Perhaps some backstory on fun scenes filmed and just all kinds of other movie-related details? Anything more about the movie itself that comes out in a month.

I mean, really, inquiring movie minds need to know more about Star Wars, that dog, not your opinion on the current state of the world.

This blog is about movies and TV. I try not to stray from topics at least tangentially related to movies and TV shows. Is it too much to ask actors and actresses to do the same when they are promoting movies?

If Harrison Ford and other actors want to talk politics, then get on social media, start a blog and use those platforms to get all political. Some are into that and may actually want to hear what you have to say. Personally, I don’t get my political advice from the guy who shot Greedo in the Cantina, but if you do, more power to you.

My personal and professional advice to actors and actresses is just say no to discussing politics and religion. The only exception would be if the movie s/he is in deals specifically with those topics. Then it’s open season.

And if you are going to get into topics, Hollywood royalty, why not look in your neighboring cities?

Harrison Ford, that’s Los Angeles. Maybe this “closest to home” is place to look first at “moral leadership” and “credibility”

It’s no wonder that moviegoers get turned off towards watching some movies, because more and more the topic of the movie is about the secret “message” or “agenda” instead of, well, telling us a great story. Do that first. See: Wonder Woman being Promoted as Film for Both Sexes Equals True Empowerment

If you have some subliminal message, then let the movie do the talking. We don’t need lectures, especially from the entertainment industry.

FIRST LOOK: The Call Of The Wild (2020)

Very nice poster art!

Harrison Ford and (sort of) a dog companion.

Excess CGI dog is what seems to be the early concern/reaction to the official trailer. Some of the comments I’ve read have made me laugh out loud. Call me crazy, but the internet has some really funny people commenting on movies on Youtube, Twitter, and so on. People who get all lathered up over all sorts of things, some of which you wouldn’t think matter that much. Too much CGI dog in a movie about a man and his dog?

This is the era of PETA where you have to be real careful with what is done with animals. Heaven help you if it appears any live animals are put in danger in a movie and, let’s be real, this movie has some potentially dog dangerous scenes like the dog jumping into that freezing water.

Have you watched the trailer?

Senior Citizen Indiana Bones: Raiders of the Lost Bark … er, no, it’s The Call Of The Wild!

This is based of the famous 1903 novel by Jack London and, like Little Women, it has had numerous adaptations through the years. The director is Chris Sanders who is best known for writing and directing Lilo and Stitch.

My concern with this movie isn’t the CGI dog. I’ll let others on the internet police trailer effects. I do think that’s a worthy concern, as evidenced by what happen to the Sonic The Hedgehog movie, so god bless the CGI cops.

I’m worried about Harrison Ford’s age. Less so here, because it isn’t an action film, moreso in the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 due out (maybe) in 2021. Also, this movie has $109 million budget, so it joins that $100+ million budget club. How much of that is going to the dog? Don’t know.

This could be a dry run of what Indy might be like in his senior years.

Look, we all get old. I’ve been gray for years, but it saddens me to think of an 77 year old Harrison Ford in a movie with a CGI dog dubbed “the adventure of the lifetime.” When the dramatic line from Ford to the dog is “you’ve been sleeping in … my bed.” LOL, seriously, who can make this stuff up?

Are you looking forward to see this movie?

The Call of the Wild opens in theaters on February 21, 2020.

15 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in February 2020

Many of the new movies opening wide in theaters in February 2020 pictured above

The following are movie trailers and my early thoughts for all films tentatively scheduled coming to theaters in February 2020.

If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post will be updated throughout the year).

February 2020 Movies

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)

Birds of Prey official trailer – opening in theaters in February 7, 2020

I didn’t know anything about Harley Quinn until seeing the trailer for this movie in the theater. Didn’t know she was Joker’s girlfriend. Didn’t even know she was a comic book villain. Since that time a couple months ago, I subscribed to DC Universe, started following — and liking very much — her animated TV show and am reviewing all season one episodes as they’re released every Friday. I’m also starting to read her comic books.

Also learned that there was a single season (13 episodes) Birds of Prey TV series — and Harley Quinn was in it — that’s also available on DC Universe. Plan to watch at least some of that, too. Maybe the entire series if it’s really good. This movie, bearing the title, could be more about that group than just Harley Quinn, as it shares the title. I would have been just fine with a Harley Quinn movie by itself, but OK.

Anyway, my anticipation for this movie has increased exponentially. I haven’t seen the movie Suicide Squad, which is the first feature film to include Harley Quinn, but the reviews I’ve come across were unfavorable. Am sure I’ll see that at some point, but probably not before this opens wide in theaters Feb 7, 2020.

Anticipation for Birds of Prey : 9/10

Peter Rabbit 2
RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Feb 7, 2020 to April 3, 2020

Peter Rabbit 2 official trailer – opening in theaters April 3, 2020

Haven’t seen the first Peter Rabbit film, but this seems like it’s in that middleworld between children-friendly and adults. Trailer isn’t making me super excited for the movie. Was surprised to see it grossed over $350 million, which explains the presence of this sequel less than two years later.

Anticipation for Peter Rabbit 2 is: 2/10

Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island official trailer – opening in theaters February 14, 2020

After seeing what Blumhouse did with Black Christmas⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’m less excited about what they will do here. Also, as lamented (several times), Fantasy Island without Tattoo is missing something important. This is still a movie I’m looking forward to watching. Just hope they don’t make it some cheesy, jumpscare-laden horror comedy. I would like something darker and scarier, feeding into the macabre and yet moral tales of the original TV series. If they lean that direction and execute, I could end up a huge fan.

Anticipation for Fantasy Island: 7/10

The King’s Man
RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Feb 14 to September 18, 2020

The King’s Man official trailer #1 – opening in theaters September 18, 2020
The King’s Man official trailer #2 – opening in theaters September 18, 2020

Am getting a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vibe from these trailers. I know it’s not the same thing, but that movie left me feeling cold to films like these. This one could pull me out of this funk … if it doesn’t suck.

Anticipation for The King’s Man: 3/10

The Photograph

The Photograph official trailer – opening in theaters February 14, 2020

Trailer makes this seem as mostly a romance which is fitting for Valentine’s Day release, but other than the woman trying to explore her mother through the photographs left behind doesn’t seem to have an otherwise compelling story. It could surprise me though.Timing is good.

Anticipation for The Photograph: 3/10

Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic The Hedgehog official trailer – opening in theaters February 14, 2020

This was my most anticipated movie of February, up there with Fantasy Island, but now Harley Quinn edges them both out. I’m still excited about seeing how the speedy videogame character tears through the film, also Jim Carrey as Doctor Robotnik looks like a fun bad guy.

Anticipation for Sonic The Hedgehog: 8/10

What About Love
RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Feb 14 to September 25, 2020

Sharon Stone in a supporting role it appears. No official trailer yet as of 1/1/2020, so nothing more to go on except for the Wikipedia page. I’m leery of digging too deep into that page before seeing the movie.

No trailer, no anticipation.

RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Feb 21 to March 13, 2020

Bloodshot official trailer – opening in theaters March 13, 2020

Have been a fan of Vin Diesel in action, notably the Fast & Furious franchise, so curious how he works this one through.

Anticipation for Bloodshot 4/10

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild official trailer – opening in theaters February 21, 2020

Sad to see Harrison Ford – Han freaking Solo – so weathered and old. I know, I know, happens to all of us, but Harrison Ford in a dog movie? Yeah, it’s based on an awesome novel but I’m not sure about the casting here.

Anticipation for The Call of the Wild: 4/10


Emma official trailer – opening in theaters February 21, 2020

Based on the Jane Austen novel and very little interest in seeing. Less than I did going into Little Women, but then that movie was a delightful surprise. Maybe this one will be too.

Anticipation for Emma: 1/10

Las Pildoras de Mi Novio (My Boyfriend’s Meds)

Las Pildoras de Mi Novio (My Boyfriend’s Meds) official trailer – opening in theaters February 21, 2020

LOL! The boyfriend forgot his meds?! Trailer is pretty funny. I don’t know if it’s all subtitled, but don’t really care, it’s got me curious what exactly happens when this guy is fully off his meds?

Anticipation for Las Pildoras de Mi Novio 5/10

Bad Trip
RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Feb 28 to April 24, 2020

Bad Trip official trailer – opening in theaters February 24, 2020

Looks like reality TV gone wild. Sign me up! Will admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of reality TV, but there have been some shows (I liked Cops,The Osbournes and Gene Simmons Family Jewels and some others). The whole catch the audience real reactions to crazy scenes is often too gimmicky to hold my interest through a TV series, but in a movie maybe it will work. This one looks like it could be very funny, I just hope the trailer isn’t showing the best parts.

Anticipation for Bad Trip: 6/10


Burden official trailer – opening in theaters February 28, 2020

Fighting the KKK based on a true story and more modern times (1996, not 1969!), seems like this has potential to be a powerful story. Forest Whitaker!

Anticipation for Burden: 5/10

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man official trailer – opening in theaters February 28, 2020

Boy, this is going to be a tough reboot sell for me. I consider the original Universal monster movies virtually untouchable. That includes the amazing Claude Rains as The Invisible Man. Here, it’s another Blumhouse production, which on the positive side means it won’t be filled with a bunch of crazy expensive CGI, but will this be a fresh take or bad reboot? Curious, but cautious.

Anticipation for The Invisible Man: 5/10

The Whistlers

The Whistlers official trailer

Has great blurbs. If a movie trailer relies on blurbs, I’m almost instantly suspicious. Show me how good it is in the trailer, not with a bunch of quotes in the trailer telling me how great it is. Don’t know about this one.

Anticipation for The Whistlers: 2/10

Ranking the February 2020 movies by anticipation (as of this writing)

  1. Birds of Pray – 9 / 10
  2. Sonic The Hedgehog – 8 / 10
  3. Fantasy Island – 8 / 10
  4. Bad Trip – 6 / 10 (release date changed to April 24, 2020)
  5. Burden – 5 / 10 — LIMITED
  6. Las Pildoras de Mi Novio – 5 / 10 — LIMITED
  7. The Invisible Man – 5 / 10
  8. The Call of the Wild – 4 / 10
  9. Bloodshot – 4 / 10 (release date changed to March 13, 2020)
  10. The Photograph – 3 / 10
  11. The King’s Man – 3 / 10 (release date changed to September 18, 2020)
  12. Peter Rabbit 2 – 2 / 10 (release date changed to April 3, 2020)
  13. The Whistlers – 2 / 10 — LIMITED
  14. Emma – 1 / 10
  15. What About Love – (release date changed to September 25, 2020)

What movies in February 2020 are you looking forward to seeing?