Friday, April 29, 2016

Screen Shots! - The Jungle Book

 TITLE: The Jungle Book (2016)
RATED: PG, for animal on animal violence
GENRE: Family, Action, Adventure, Animation... kind of
STARRING: Neel Sethi (as the only human in the movie, you can't miss 'em) and an overworked visual effects team as: Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong'o as Raksha, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Christopher "Cow Bell" Walken as King Louie. (Yes, he sings.) 
NOTABLE CREW: Director: Jon Favreau, Writers: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling (book), Cinematographer: Bill Pope, and the amazing visual effects team, who are too numerous to name and whose credits are too confusing to be able to pin just one of them to hand the credit
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A young boy raised by a family of wolves and a panther is hunted by a vengeful tiger and must flee the jungle in search of his own kind.
WHAT I THINK: Much better than I expected it to be. (I tend to approach these Disney remakes with an air of skepticism.) The animal actors are fun and engaging, and young Neel Sethi deserves major props for interacting entirely with a blue screen during production. The real star of this movie is, of course, the amazing visuals. The animals are astoudingly realistic, and the 3D cinematography was utilized well. (Especially for the ending credits. Honestly, I could watch an entire movie like those ending credits. Can that be the sequel?)
WHO SHOULD WATCH IT: The whole family. Your teeny tiny children may be frightened by the fierce tiger and the somewhat creepy King Louie, but otherwise it's good for kids, and there's lots of nostalgia-y moments that the adults will appreciate too.
COOL FACTOIDS: Mowgli has a scar on his chest in the shape of the letter "r" and another scar on his left shoulder in the shape of a "k". This is a nod to the original author, Rudyard Kipling.

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