The Jungle Book (Remake)

I’d never seen the original Jungle Book, and I think the only reason we went to see this new one was because we were having a rough, hot, day in Los Angeles and it was cool in the cinema. It worked out well though as it’s on our list!

“The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Rudyard Kipling‘s eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney‘s 1967 animated film of the same name,[5][6] The Jungle Book is a live-action/CGI film that tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Shere Khan. The film introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli and also features the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Walken.” Thanks wiki!

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Age of film: April 2016

Date Watched: Mid June 2016

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  • Picture Quality 
    • Lincoln – 10
      • I mean the film came out this year so you’d hope it was perfect. The CGI animals are fantastic. I might read this in 10 years time and wonder what I was on about, but for 2016, it’s good.

    • Sara – 9.5
      • There was literally only one actor in the entire film. The rest was CGI. Sometimes I’d forget that they weren’t real animals it was so clever. I think they only thing that seemed a little fake was when they were showing the part of them looking over where the people lived.
  • Durability
    • Lincoln – 7
      • This one’s hard to answer, because I’m very familiar with the story and it makes sense to me. But will future generations be confused as to why there’s a kid running around on his own in the jungle? Is that weird? At the time the original book was written, there were still plenty of mysteries and unexplored lands in the world, but now the chances of something like this happening seems a bit more outlandish. I dunno, I’m probably overthinking it.

    • Sara – 9
      • Because it is so new, it hasn’t really had time to age as far as the quality and relevance are concerned.
  • Acting
    • Lincoln – 8
      • Well there was only one, and he had to interact with CGI animals, and I think he did a great job. Regarding the voice actors, Ben Kingsley was a perfect Bagheera, and I really appreciated that Bill Murray didn’t ham up his part, it actually took me a second to pick Baloo’s voice. I honestly found Christopher Walken a bit distracting as King Louie, just because he’s kind of become a parody of himself in recent years, I can’t take him seriously.

    • Sara – 8
      • That kid (ie. the one actor) was very talented.
  • Modern Values
    • Lincoln – 7
      • The only real value the film portrayed was to stand up for yourself instead of letting your loved ones suffer, but that’s pretty specific lol. I wouldn’t say the values the film demonstrated were old-fashioned, they were just minimal, which is not a problem.

    • Sara – 8
      • I think it is actually pretty good. The female characters in this are pretty strong. I think that not noticing that there is an issue is usually a good sign.
  • Would We Show it to the Kids
    • Lincoln – 8
      • I don’t see why not.

    • Sara – 8
      • I think so! Some scenes may be a little dark though.
  • Flow/Length 
    • Lincoln – 7
      • The fight with Shere Khan at the end went on a bit long. Also, I think the inclusion of Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) was a bit unnecessary, maybe they just wanted to include a female cast member.

    • Sara – 8
      • I can’t remember having an issue with it. From memory, I feel like one of the scenes dragged on a bit – but as it was six months ago, I can’t remember which. Helpful!
  • Emotional Attachment
    • Lincoln – 7
      • I didn’t really find myself feeling much for Mowgli, but I wanted Bagheera and Baloo to be ok.

    • Sara – 7
      • Some parts were a bit sad
  • Logic/Plot Holes 
    • Lincoln – 7
      • The wolves + Bagheera probably could have taken down Shere Khan a lot earlier if they’d organised themselves, I know he’s a big scary tiger but he’s only one.

    • Sara – 6
      • Missing kid who can communicate with animals does seem a little weird.
  • General Enjoyment
    • Lincoln – 8
      • The film was fun, shot beautifully and very entertaining, I’ve definitely watched worse movies in my time.

    • Sara – 7
      • I think I liked it more than I thought I would!
  • Would We Watch it Again
    • Lincoln – 7
      • Not anytime soon but I wouldn’t write it off in the future.
    • Sara – 7
      • Probably, but not for a while!
  • Final Comment
    • Lincoln – I don’t really know why they needed to remake The Jungle Book (apparently no one is writing original stories anymore) but for what it was, it was done well.
    • Sara – It was hard reviewing this as it was quite some time ago that we watched it. The kid who played the main character through was very impressive and as I mentioned earlier, then CGI was amazing.

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Favourite Character

  • Lincoln – Baloo
  • Sara – Baloo

Favourite Song

  • Lincoln – I Wanna Be Like You
  • Sara – Bare Necessities

Favourite Moment

  • Lincoln – Despite Christopher Walken’s outrageous voice, the King Louie sequence was a lot of fun.
  • Sara –  I can’t remember 😦

Total Ranking By Lincoln –  76/100

Total Ranking By Sara –  77.5/100

For questions regarding the ranking system you can read my post on it here.

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Bye for now!

Sara

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