Playing with Wolves
As sequels go "White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf" isn't bad, it is inferior to "White Fang" but it isn't terrible, delivering what you expect from a Disney adventure movie. But like with the original it is just a typical adventure movie featuring a boy and a dog and has nothing to make it stand out as being special. In fact as someone who is technically not in the target audience the best bits for me were what some would call padding, the beautiful scenic shots with wonderful mountains in the back drop.
With Jack (Ethan Hawke) now living in San Francisco he has left his stake and his wolf White Fang to his friend Henry (Scott Bairstow - Android Apocalypse) to look after. And Henry is doing a good job as not only does he and White Fang fend of any men who try to steal what is theirs but he has plenty of gold hidden under his floor boards. But on a journey by raft into town they hit trouble and Henry is saved by native American Lily (Charmaine Craig) whose father has a vision of her finding a wolf who will lead them to the Cariboo and Lily believes Henry to be half wolf. Whilst thankful for the rescue Henry doesn't believe them for a moment but when he reaches town he starts feeling bad and feels like he must return to help them as he becomes aware of a plot to try and get them to leave.
As storylines go "White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf" is nothing special because after an extended intro which sets the scene of Henry being White Fang's new best pal we get to the main storylines. The storylines which see Jack falling for the pretty Lily whilst White Fang getting a she-wolf of his own while separated are both standard elements adding meat to what is familiar bones. And those familiar bones is the story of the unscrupulous plans to try and get the tribe to move on as a mining company wants their land. I suppose for young children who have not grown up watching westerns it will be quite exciting but for adults who find themselves having to watch "White Fang 2" it will offer up little which is new.
What that means is that for adults "White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf" becomes all about the look, the costumes, the scenery and the soundtrack. And thankfully all of these is very good with some wonderful shots of snow topped mountains and flowing rivers in the valley. In fact the cinematography through out even when it focuses on the people which this sequel does more than in "White Fang" is good.
As for the acting, well Scott Bairstow is youthfully handsome and Charmaine Craig is extremely pretty as Lily but the characters end up stereotypical for this sort of movie. Basically they lack any depth which again is not a problem for youngsters who will enjoy the good looking side of the movie but will leave grown ups with little other than the scenery to entertain.
What this all boils down to is that "White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf" is solid entertainment for its intended young audience but offers little for any adult watching it with their kids.
Tags: Dog Movies