Normally I would skip this one. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original jungle book cartoon as a kid (and from what I hear this movie is a very close live action copy of it).
This one is getting pretty good reviews (and I’d rather see this with the wife today than The Boss, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Divergent: Laundry Detergent, or The Snow White Huntsman 2). This one is directed by John Favreau (Chef, Iron Man, Elf) so this could be fun.
This movie made me like my cat less. Cats are vicious (especially tigers (and calicoes)). Part of the viciousness comes from the fact that Idris Elba is the voice of the tiger. (Yes I know his character has a stupid name that I don’t remember. They all have names. Here are some names.
Mowgli is annoying. For a kid who was raised in the jungle he seems like a dumb kid who needs to learn a thing or two and should learn to shut up.
Bill Murray was great as Baloo and Christopher Walken was great as King Louie (big monkey).
There are two songs in this that are done fairly well so I was okay with it.
They mentioned how the wolf’s code was a piece of propaganda and ended the scene with Mowgli asking “what’s propaganda?” which will undoubtably encourage a few children to ask their parents what that word means. Later in the film near the climax they used this same piece of self described propaganda to fight the enemy. I don’t know what I’m trying to say, I just noticed it.
This is a kids movie that is tolerable/ maybe mildly enjoyable for adults. Some annoying small animals repeat stupid phrases in the beginning (for the enjoyment of small children).
Some of the animal fights were fun. Watching a bear and a panther fuck up a bunch of monkeys was sweet. As was watching a tiger fight a bunch of animals.
Now I’m going to watch videos of animals fighting. I’m concerned young children may get the wrong impression from this movie and not realize that wild animals will fucking kill you given the opportunity.
Here is a video titled “Tiger vs bear fight to the death”
TLDR: 3/5. Fairly enjoyable family film.
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