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.