The Jungle Book (2016)
Directed by: Jon Favreau
What has the director done before?
Jon Favereau, the actor/ director has been going from success to success. Previously his most prominent call to fame was playing the role of Monica’s boyfriend in season 3 of Friends, somehow he magically seemed to jump from that to going on to direct Iron Man 1,2 and 3 +plus the Avengers. So technically we can thank him for re-vamping the marvel comic movies and raking in the cash.
Putting something modern into something old seems to be what he is good at, especially, in the case of The Jungle Book.
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Who gave the best performance?
The Jungle Book had a star studded cast that includes Oscar winner Ben Kingsley as Bagera the Jaguar and comic veteran Bill Murray as Baloo the bear. Despite this however, it was Sheerkan the fierce Bengal tiger played by Idris Elba who made me jump out of my seat. Idris Elba’s voice was scary, threatening and commands respect add on top of that great CGI,3D and roaring, I really thought that jungle boy was about to become jungle meat.
What did I like?
What I really liked about this Jungle Book is that it didn’t try and imitate the old Jungle Book movies. There wasn’t an endless loop of catchy song just the bear necessities of songs, which weren’t sang to perfection, instead sang in a joyful out of tune manner sort of how football fans sing, but obviously not as incoherent. What I also liked was that the Mowgli could have been a kid born in this era or maybe somewhere in New York, the Bronx maybe. He is smart, inquisitive cracks jokes and gets himself out of sticky situations.
Watch in the cinema or watch on DVD?
Definitely watch this in the cinema because of the CGI and plus let’s be honest with ourselves for a sec, the jungle book is one of those movies that if you don’t catch in the cinema you might never watch.
Is it better than the original?
I can barely remember the original but this film was definitely made for those people who watched the original but have also grown up now, so it’s been upgradeD with some adult-ish dry wit and comedy brought to the screen by Bill Murray. The original jungle book was released so long ago now that it wouldn’t really matter if they just did the exact same thing because everyone would think it was new anyway.