It’s always a pleasure to go and see a movie with Harrison Ford in it, whether beating off a hoard of crooked treasure hunters or just being a grumpy old man.
In this, he was playing his grumpy old man.
But it’s the dog, Buck, a cross between a St Bernard and a Scotch Collie that steals the show.
And rightly so.
Everyone else came to see Harrison Ford, who comes in and out of the picture until the end. I came to see the dog, whom I think might well be nicknamed ‘the great galuka’ though I have no idea where that name originated.
Certainly, for sheer size and energy he bounds his way across the countryside, from his home in California to the wilds of the Yukon and Alaska, from being a spoilt household pet, then a sled dog and part of a group of other dogs, delivering mail, then a sled dog for a cruel gold seeker, to finally becoming a companion for an old man, yes, Harrison Ford, who saved him from a certain death, who seeks to get away from everyone and everything.
The end is sad in one sense but uplifting in another, nor did I find any part of it slow-moving or boring.
Solid performances all round.
I give it four stars out of five.