An adaptation of a literary classic and a big screen version of a cult tv show are on area screens this weekend. Film critics Pam Powell and Chuck Koplinski joined us on set to share what they thought of The Call of the Wild and Fantasy Island.
The Call of the Wild (Starts Friday) The latest adaptation of Jack London’s seminal adventure novel stars Harrison Ford as John Thornton, a crusty prospector who sets out to find gold with his trusty dog Buck. Rated PG. 100 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV.
Fantasy Island. A horror adaptation of the popular ’70s TV show about a magical island resort, this ends up being a wasted opportunity that squanders a potentially intriguing concept. Five different people win a trip to the titular island and soon find out that not all their wishes should come true. The way these different fantasies intertwine is clever but the film’s tepid third act undercut the intrigue. 2 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. AMC-C, SAV.