Monday, 18 April 2016

'The Jungle Book' 2016 [MOVIE REVIEW]

[Warning. May Contain Spoilers]

It's finally here!!! The Jungle Book 2016, live action 're-make' of the animated classic from 1967. That's almost 50 years...wow! Now, if you're one of the critics and moaners that have no time for these 'remakes' feel free to leave now because this is (of course) going to be a positive review. I also want to mention that it's actually not the first Disney live-action Jungle Book...remember this one from 1994?! ;)

I have been SO excited for this movie. Out of all of the live action classic reboots that have been released over the past few years, for some reason, the trailer to The Jungle Book had me the most pumped. I love the original but I wouldn't class it in my top five faves of all time or anything, so I put this feeling down purely to how epic the trailers and featurettes have been. If you haven't seen the trailer, check it out below before reading on.



If that doesn't make you eager to get to your nearest cinema as soon as possible, I don't know what would! I like to see most new Disney releases in the opening week if not couple of days to avoid spoilers which are inevitable, but with our nearest cinema being over 60 miles away in either direction it isn't always possible. This time, I made sure it was. My cinema buddies are either my Mam or my friend Laura and with them both being busy during opening weekend and me not wanting to wait until the end of the month, I did something I would never, ever do. Went myself!

I went into the show with very high expectations after all of the teasers, trailers and featurettes and from the moment of disappearance of the Disney Castle as we are swept into the jungle I knew it was going to be epic. Sitting by myself, gripping my tissue tight in my fist, I couldn't help but well up at our first peek at Mowgli (no matter how hard I was trying to keep it together). I knew what was happening so it wasn't the situation of the scene, more so sentimentality.
Sadly, the cinema I was at didn't offer 3D but right from the start you could see which parts would have really been extra enthralling with that option.


So yeah, Mowgli. Neel Sethi is 12 years old, 12!! And this is 100% going to see him shoot to stardom, after having only one short film previously under his belt. I think it takes a special actor to be able to act while having to imagine who you are doing a scene with due to special effects, let alone a child actor. I've read that unlike on some sets that just use big green markers etc, Neel did actually have puppets to help him along but either way he didn't just bring Mowgli to life with his talent, but the animals and their relationships too.
The rest of the casting was spot on aswell. I would go as far as to say I couldn't fault it but my one disappointment through the whole movie (as I had already voiced before seeing it) was Scarlett Johansson has Kaa, I just didn't get it - it didn't click for me. However, Bill Murrary as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera and Idris Elba as Shere Khan were my absolute favorites and perfectly personified the huge personalities of my childhood jungle buddies.

Something that bothers a lot of people about the classic animation's live action counter parts is how closely they follow, or conversely, how far they stray from the original plot and although I didn't want to compare those, it's hard not to. As not to include any spoilers, I obviously won't talk about it in too much detail but I will say how I love how much it echoed Cinderella in the amount it followed the 1967 Jungle Book storyline, along with the extra details and family backgrounds. There were moments that suprised me in the plot - namely the ending - which just kept me saying over and over in my head, 'this is amazing'.


The first thing I said to anyone who asked me how the movie was is how insane the CGI is. The jungle is equally magical, scary and real and the animals are all so spectularly life-like that personally this is the best use of computer-generated imagery I have ever seen in a movie. Every single animal from those who are main characters to the 'extras' have every detail there. The wrinkles in the Rhinos skin, each indvidual hair on the gibbons as they swing through the trees and how the light bounces off the back of the gazelle while they drink from the watering hole.
It isn't just how the animals look though that had me in awe, but the wonder of the water truce scene and the complete respect they have for each other and the 'circle of life'.

Particularly pinical points to me included that of the bowing to the Elephants. A lot different from the animiation film where the elephants appear aloof and clumsy, here they are wise and great - respected by all. Also the 'lesson' of sorts about man and their destructive nature. It is only natural for Shere Khan, a Bengal Tiger, to fear and want to kill man when it is them who have made his species endangered as well as their threat to the jungle habitat and other animals with the 'red flower'.

To wrap this up (so that I don't go on gushing forever), The Jungle Book 2016 is heartfelt storytelling and usual Disney 'top of it's game' graphics and camera angles. It is an action film that will even interest my non-Disney adoring other half as well as an emotional and sentimental journey for those who the story is close to their heart. I think that both Rudyard Kipling and Walt Disney would be extremely proud of the execution, talent and love that has gone into what I'm sure will be an all time great of our generation in film making.
I would not suggest this for young children as there are animals fighting, death scenes and moments that will make you jump but I always question movie ratings and think that kids see too much too young these days. Articles I've seen online call this a 'dilemma for parents' but how? Disney is NOT and never has been purely for children.
Overall, if you'd hadn't guessed it gets more than my seal of approval and probably is now one of my favorite Disney movies of all time - completely indescribable.

Let me know if you have seen The Jungle Book yet and what you thought! If you haven't do you think you will? If not, how come?!






16 comments:

  1. I'm going to see The Jungle Book tomorrow night (The only reason I didn't go see it the first day it was out is because I have a meerkat movies discount) and I am so so so excited. The CGI looks incredible and I'm so glad to hear that they've been true to the original!

    Jess
    alrightblondie.com

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    1. I hope you loved it as much as I did!!

      xo

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  2. Oh my gosh I need to go and see this as soon as possible because it looks amazing and your review has just got me all the more excited for it. Also I've heard that going to the cinema on your own is actually very relaxing and therapeutic because it's just you and you can enjoy it completely. - Tasha

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    1. You do!! I'm glad you enjoyed the review :) I have to admit, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I did get a couple of funny looks and a group of teenage girls were laughing that I 'didn't have any friends' but I dealt with it :P

      xo

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  3. I seen this on Friday when it came out! Everything about the jungle just looked so gorgeous it made me want to jump right into the screen and take up life as a man cub! It wasn't my absolute favourite, King Louie in particular bugged me, he was just SO huge! I wasn't expecting that but it was a great movie overall! The CGI really was insane, great review!

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    1. I wanted to go Friday but I don't leave my dog alone and my OH is only off on the weekends haha. It really does make you wish you were there doesn't it?! Yeah, I didn't understand why Louie was a giant...and I don't think his song was the best but it wasn't a big enough issue to sway my opinion.
      Thanks so much!!

      xo

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  4. First of all super proud of you for going on your own :) Ive been looking forward to this movie but havent been able to get out and see it although im tempted to go this evening now. It was one of my fav movies and book growing up :)

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    1. That means a lot - thank you!! I hope you managed to see it, or see it soon. I want to see it again already haha

      xo

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  5. I loved it, we saw on it Saturday (2D), it looked beautiful and Mowgli was just adorable, he is going to grow up to be an amazing actor. The voice actors were brilliant too especially Idris Elba, he was really menacing. Disney are so clever, the CGI was very, very good.

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    1. Yes!! He completely made it didn't he?! To think it's his first movie is incredible.
      Glad you enjoyed it too.

      xo

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  6. I does look really good, and I hope to see it, although I will wait for it to be available outside the cinema, hopefully on Netflix :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you see it!

      xo

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  7. I have to see this now! I mean, I wanted to see it before I read your review. But now? Now, I have to! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Aw I'm glad you enjoyed my review :) and I'm sure you'll love it if you see it!

      xo

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  8. Hey!! Jungle Book is my all time, ultimate movie I have loved it for many many many years and will continue to do so thanks to this live action film!!! I used to watch it everytime we went on holiday to stay on out timeshare apartment in france....!! >.< so many amazing memories connected with this film...I really want to go and see this live action film but I fear i'll have to wait to see it on dvd...but that's ok!!!
    Great review hun!!! Really loved it!!!
    @sunshinesarahxo
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    oxoxoxo

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    1. Aww that's so lovely! What a fab memory to have!! I hope you'll love this one too, I really haven't heard a bad word about it to be honest.

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