THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT. IS A BLOG BY STEVEN SANDE WHO IS BASED OUT OF GUELPH, CANADA. His goal in writing is simply to develop personally and professionally and therefore the theme of his posts can vary greatly.

Review of The Jungle Book

Review of The Jungle Book

After sharing my views on The Jungle Book with a coworker of mine, he expressed that my take on the movie was entertaining and that he'd enjoy reading it in review form. Well, I decided to build on that by writing my first ever formal movie review!

The Jungle Book isn't a story I'm particularly familiar with, in book or movie form. You could say I went into it with the 'bear necessities'. Since I'm not an existing fan, my basis for going was a) it rated well and b) I had nothing to do one Saturday night.

What I Liked:

  • the CGI was top-tier
  • they included one of my favourite but little-known critters, the pangolin
  • they managed to make realistic-looking animals talk without instantly entering corny territory

What I Disliked

  • way too much CGI, it suffered from the same disconnect that The Hobbit did
  • they made the orangutan, a creature I consider unrivaled in its seeming benevolence, a villainous character
  • there was only one real actor in the movie and from the perspective of interactions with other characters / the world, he definitely struggled (also a symptom of too much CGI)
  • for a kids movie there were some scary moments and the plot is kind of sinister

Overall I didn't really like it. If I was the type to fall asleep during movies I almost certainly would have. As I left the theater I wondered, 'Do I even like The Jungle Book as a story in general?', and decided that no, this childhood classic will never be a classic for me. I'm still glad I saw it though because it was original and creative, and that makes for interesting thoughts and discussions. 

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