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Friday, April 15, 2016

Cine Beaverhausen: The Jungle Book: Live Action Version

Disney's live version of The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau of all people, is a film in overdrive, though it may entertain kids and some adults.

I found its special effects to be over-the-top and more than a tad ham-handed. You can see it in the movies now, including in 3-D.

Neel Setl stars and is brilliant as Mowgli. Ben Kingsley, who famously plays Indians so so well, is in this as are Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, and the late Garry Shandling.

Even as a kid, the animated version of this Rudyard Kipling tale was never a favorite. It seems completely redundant to me now. This film opened in theaters yesterday. I say you can wait it out on video.

The story presents a Rousseau-like idea of nature when, in fact, these large animals would probably have eaten him alive.

Disney should have heeded The Bear Necessities rather than go into this mostly overwrought feature! The joi de vivre of the animated original has sadly dissipated.

1 comment:

  1. I do agree with you...going to wait for its video release instead of paying those high admission and concession prices. I am a fan of THE JUNGLE BOOK favorite screen adaption would the original one with Sabu in 1942.