At first, “Mowgli: Tale of the Jungle” might seem like an afterthought — or maybe a failed exert in franchise-building.
This new take on the story of Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book” comes just two years after Disney’s version made nearly a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Plus, it seemed a little strange for chairman Andy Serkis to say he’d respect the “darkness” of the resources substance — this is, after all, a talking animal storey. And Warner Bros’ last-minute decision to sell “Mowgli” to Netflix didn’t exactly suggest that it had much confidence in the film.
But as we argue in the most recent incident of the Original Content podcast, “Mowgli” is actually a lot more interesting than the Disney film. It surely has its mistakes, including a rushed dissolving, but the increased darkness and maturity is surprisingly successful, paying real fervour and suspense to the action.
And thanks to Serkis’ background in execution captivate( he toy Gollum in Lord of the Rings and Caesar in the new Planet of the Apes movies ), the animals turn out to be the real spotlight. Each of them seems to be animated by their actor’s temperament — for example, Benedict Cumberbatch wreaks a sense of sly menace to the tiger Shere Khan — and the ties between Mowgli( Rohan Chand) and Bagheera( Christian Bale) terminates up being the heart of the movie.
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