Good evening primitive and intelligent beings. Last night was fun as hell. I didn’t get to celebrate my birthday with my friends until now so I decided to make the most of it.
What better way to do that than to see a movie I was was desperate to see for months.
The first time I saw the trailer back in December, I knew right away what the movie was before the title appeared. I have been a fan of The Jungle Book, since I was a wee mite, it is probably one of the most hilarious Disney movies I’ve seen. I knew that this was going to be an exciting moment for it to return to the big screen in live action. So I went to the theater with big expectations.
Now, I won’t spoil too much, but it might be okay to leak a few things since the movie’s been out for a month now. I couldn’t see it back then because of final exams. So without any further ado:
|Feeling of nostalgia approaching in 3…2…1|
The story itself is pretty much the same thing as the original, with a few small changes so I won’t talk about it too much. I like the idea of the whole truce between different animals at the remaining waterhole during the drought season, I thought that that was a interesting and unique idea. I giggled when the gazelles drank and Bagheera came up to them and said he wouldn’t eat them until he’s had his fill. So it’s not entirely about Mowgli going back to live with his own kind for his own safety, but also that it’s the only place where the animals thought it would be appropriate for him to do his human survival tricks. As I said, I won’t spoil, but I was surprised by how it ended, you’ll have to see it to find out.
|Forget about your worries and your strife|
Baloo was so funny in this movie, and even though I only have seen Bill Murray for this role and Ghostbusters. I think he did a good job bringing out Baloo’s laid back, cheerful, and humorous personality. I love how he tricked Mowgli into believing that the bees wouldn’t sting him as he went to fetch the honey, but they did sting after all. He made the poor kid work for him before they actually became friends. But at least he still somewhat resembles the classic.
|I wanna be like you|
So, about King Louie, we all knew how goofy he was in the original movie. In this version, well….my first thoughts were when I saw the trailer was: are orangutans supposed to be that large? I don’t think so. Turns out that, in this movie, he is actually an ancient relative of the orangutan (I think): A gigantopithecus is what they call it. I guess they were trying to go for something historically accurate, because an ape that large apparently did roam the jungles thousands of years ago. It was said to be the largest that ever existed. In reality, orangutans are not found in India, so it’s no wonder they decided to morph him to their ancestors. So yeah, and Christopher Walken is known to play creepy roles, so it’s safe to say Louie was made to be kind of “darker” in this movie, and still sing his signature song. Perhaps the director’s intentions were to make Louie more intimidating by turning him from an orangutan to a monstrous ape that existed hundreds of thousands of years ago (and I thought gorillas were the largest), and I think they succeeded. I was on the edge of my seat when he came out of the dark and pursued Mowgli through the temple.
Last but not least, I’ll talk about Shere Kahn. When I saw the original movie, I thought that the way he presented himself, he was meant to be feared. But in this movie, he has a lot more depth. He reveals more about why he hates the presence of man in the jungle, and why he hates fire. When he took Akela’s place and started conversing with the wolf pups, I was so afraid he was going to kill or eat one of them. I like how he has a bigger role over all because he doesn’t appear until halfway through the original film. When you’ve got a good villain, at least give him/her some more development/screen time.