Sometimes you hear about a planned remake of a popular classic and you die a little inside-somewhere, surely someone has an original idea that is worth doing?
What is there to win?
Do you want to bring The Jungle Book closer to a new audience? Clean the old print and give it up again to celebrate a birthday or something like that.
Did we really need a ” live action “version that wasn’t so” live ” since it’s 99% in synth images?
Well, no. Not really.
Especially if some of us had to go through a whole summer by shouting to them the name of a tiger the last time he entered the big screens of the world.
But let’s do it.
And, to be fair, he makes good offers at the box office, and all the reviews were largely positive.
That makes us wonder what we missed…
For both of you who have no idea what the jungle book is, a little boy is found in the jungle, given to the wolves by the panther and bred like their own until the tiger gets up and wants to kill him, and then he is sent back to the human village to be caught by a snake, make friends with a bear and be kidnapped by monkeys.
Based on the classic story of Rudyard Kipling, the original Disney cartoon is rightfully considered one of her best – with a perfect vocal version and great songs that match the feel-good fairy tale.
This time we always have the songs and most of the wellness factor.
So far, everything is fine.
The star of the show is the CGI. All the animals feel real, the jungle scenes are rich and lush, and there’s just the right level of cuteness to keep very young viewers on board.
However, voices are a problem.
While Bill Murray rocks in Baloo and Scarlett Johansson makes her skin crawl in Kaa, Idris Elba jars in Shere Khan(why is my tiger from London?) and Christopher Walken is at the ridiculous limit in the role of King Louie.
Sometimes the big name is not the right guy for the role, you know?
The performer who stands out here is Sir Ben Kingsley, who gives Bagheera the right amount of warmth and gravity.
He’s so good, in fact we only discovered that it was him during the end credits. Never guess. Was pretty sure it was Gambon…
But it’s a fair measure of our commitment with this film that we spent a lot of time guessing votes.
That’s too bad.
Because director John Favreau has done a good job of bringing this jungle to life, and Neel Sethi has found a childlike actor who can hold more than just his own in a world of pixels.
And you really can’t stress enough how good CGI is. He Meets Avatar In a well-drawn armed hat.
But there are things here that are really not necessary.
The songs don’t fit so well into a “real” environment – for example-especially if some nice touches work much better with the score.
And who decided to call a mash-up of the raiders of the Lost Ark/Planet of the Apes was a good idea?
The fact that such things are still restless is a pity, because this film manages to preserve the heart of the original – if not the heat.
However, the small children sitting in the front row seemed to be correspondingly intrigued and intrigued – and at the end of the day that’s certainly the point.
Yes, an old cynical lawn that remembers the original and proudly owns the single cassette from The Jungle Book groove might have niggles and nits to choose from.
But if a new generation can fall in love with a bear and a jungle, someone somewhere has done more than his job.