Vibrant spin to a timeless tale worthy for the whole family.
Disney’s live action adaptation of both the timeless animated fare and Rudyard Kipling’s tale (leaning more to the book) is a cinematic feast for the family. There’s nothing new to the tale for those who are familiar with it except for maybe a couple small twist. However Jon Favreau gives us a fresh, exciting, and vibrant spin to the classic story.
What was probably the most impressive aspect of The Jungle Book was the perfect blend of incredibly well-done CGI and live action. Making the animals come alive with strong human characteristics but still being the animals that they are is a testament to how far our technology has come, and along with the CGI animals and environment we get a child actor in which we follow his journey through the jungle.
Neel Sethi takes the role of Mowgli and owns it with powerful innocence. There’s a particular scene in which I thought perfectly captured this “innocence” and to keep the spoilers to a minimum, I’ll just say there’s a cherished and classic moment that Mowgli has with Baloo the bear voiced by Bill Murray. Speaking of stellar voice cast, Idris Elba voices one of the most menacing villain to grace the big screen. I could go a bit on each of the voices, but I’ll just leave it at “they were all fantastic” and they really were. The whole movie is great for the whole family, though there are a couple moments that may be a little intense for the little ones with Shere Kahn, Kaa the massive python, and even massive King Louie the orangutan voiced by Christopher Walkins is a bit intimidating. There’s a great SNL easter egg that I completely missed until literally just before writing this. So kudos to those who caught it. So in my honest Noble opinion, this is what going to see a movie at the theaters is about. Go see The Jungle Book.
Shot completely from first person point of view, Hardcore Henry is an intense action ride. The gimmick is fun at first but wears thin quick. There’s no real characters worth any emotional attention. It’s kind of like going over to a friends house to watch him play a one player game like Grand Theft Auto (before they went online). At first, you’re thinking this is pretty cool and look at all the fun stuff he’s doing. Then, you start to get bored and you either want to play yourself or just go home. The action parts are exhilarating and violent with body count just piling up. Only that there is no substance to the story, and the ending is hugely disappointing. It’s worth checking out if you’re an action fanatic, other than that and in my honest Noble opinion, just wait for it on Redbox.
I know it’s a little late to bring this review, but, I had a free redbox code and saw this at one of the kiosk and I have been meaning to catch it. Especially after hearing the outcry of Will Smith being snubbed for the best actor nomination. Now that I have seen it, I don’t know if i would say snubbed in the sense of outrage like some people but I can say Will Smith could have earned it. It’s such a hard thing to do to choose 5 best actors out of many tremendous films. (Leo would have still won it for me) Concussion rests entirely on Smith’s performance and He carries it well. Nailing the character of Nigerian born Doctor Bennet Omalu down to the accent. I want to see more of Smith performing to this kind of caliber.
Concussion reminds me a lot of Spotlight but instead of a team exposing the dirt of the catholic church sex scandal, we have pretty much one man exposing the dirt of the NFL and their treatment of the players with CTE, a deadly brain damage caused by extreme contact in football. It’s a fascinating story and had me thinking my position on the NFL as it is my favorite sport to watch. I’m saddened by the loss of players who commit suicides because of the pain they deal with years after playing, like Junior Seau who I remember hearing a lot about when he committed suicide. Unaware though, that it was linked to CTE. The film as whole is a good movie, but it doesn’t drive down the hammer you feel it should like Spotlight did. Probably why the movie itself was kept out of the oscar bid. Nevertheless, its out on Blu-ray and redbox. Go check it out when you can. #cosigned
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