Oh The jungle book, what what?
First off, can we talk about the CGI for a second? I was absolutely blown away by how freaking incredible this movie looked, the fact that everything was CGI was incredible. There were certain parts of the movie where I thought “oh, they’re not in the jungle or Mowgli and Baloo isn’t traveling together up a stream?”
The movie as a whole was fantastic, it was great to see one of my top favorite Disney cartoons as a live action movie, I’m ok with that. There were certain things that I kind of wasn’t ok with.
First off, Kaa as Scarlett Johansson was ok, Scarlett is sexy, not creepy, so the whole scene with Kaa and Mowgli was a little off for me. Also, why did Disney make Kaa so big? It was weird since in the cartoon, Kaa wasn’t that big, at least to me Kaa wasn’t.
Second, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken’s singing was ok, wasn’t fantastic, wasn’t bad. I know they couldn’t do without those two signature Jungle Book songs but still.
There were times where Neel Sethi’s character (Mowgli) would almost look to someone for direction on what to do next. At times he was cute yet annoying, let’s be honest, what kid isn’t cute and annoying?
Was it just me or was King Louie really big? When I use to watch the 1967 version of The Jungle Book, I don’t remember him being such a big monster. Disney made sure I as a 31-year-old would be terrified of the live action King Louie. No lie, I had nightmares watching this movie, it was pretty scary at some parts.
I do have to say that Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Lupita Nyong’o (Rakasha) and Ben Kingsley (Bagheera) definitely were my top favorite characters in this movie, by far. Something about the dynamics between each character was undeniably amazing.
If you still haven’t seen this movie, do it, it’s a good family movie with some really great actors and some amazing jungle action, scary yet satisfying.
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