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The Jungle Book

Family Movie Night

 

By Karyn Bowman

 

I am not sure when I came to love the animated feature The Jungle Book. I knew it happened sometime as an adult.

 

I loved the animation, with backdrops that were really four different backgrounds sliding all at once to give depth to the images we were watching. It was an innovation one would expect from the Disney studio.

 

The other endearing part of this movie is the music. You can’t help but bounce around to the jazzy tunes, depicting life and hiding some of the dangers. Maybe it is the song from Baloo or King Louie or even Kaa. They pull you in and make you forget everything else.

 

the_jungle_book_poster_key_artWhen it was announced that there would be a remake of The Jungle Book in live action, I was not sure I would like it. I am one of those people who likes what I like and don’t like to have too many changes.

 

But my kids told me I should get it. They wanted to see it. They could not remember seeing the original verson. Seriously.

 

When we popped it in, there was an immediate difference. Forty or more years had really changed the technology. Animation was completely done but computer generation. The only real character in the movie was the boy played by Neel Sethi. The rest of the cast recorded their performances as the various animals including Lupita N’Yongo as the mother wolf who took in the man-cub as her own.

 

The story is the same. A man-cub raised by wolves is threatened by Shere Khan the tiger. He hates men and vows that Mowgli will not live to manhood. Baghera the panther volunteers to take Mowgli to the man villiage. There are adventures and travails and nears misses with Shere Khan and Kaa.

 

thejunglebook2016_sherekhanidrisThe action is thrilling as Mowgli escapes from Shere Khan in a stampede, bows to the elephants, and learns what the glowing flower can do to a jungle. He meets his great friend Baloo and is taken by Louie’s minions.

 

Ben Kingsley gives Baghera his wonderful regalness. Idris Elba never fails as the diabolical tiger. Christopher Walken brings his famous irregular speech patterns to Louie. And Scarlet Johanson, why she is the sultry siren of a snake. I felt a slightly different connection to this movie, I felt more connected. Bill Murray pulled off on of the most natural performances I have seen from him in a long time

 

THE JUNGLE BOOKI understood the legends of this world better. I understood the reasons why people acted the way they did. I applauded Mowgli’s strength even In the depth’s of his naivete. It is a movie that all family members can watch, although there are some moments that are desperately scary but they are onl moments.

 

Jon Favreau, the director, has created a new classic of a old story. My kids described the movie as ‘lit.’

 

I asked what that meant and I was told it mean the movie was good.

 

I knew the last part.

 

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

Family Movie Night

 

It has been hot. Terribly hot, unbearably hot.

 

I think I have lost five founds without even trying. People see me walking my dog and wonder – out loud – about my sanity.

 

I wonder as well. But when I come home from work, the dog jumps on me and begs for his walk. So I hose him down before we go and then we take an abbreviated walk.

 

When we get back, we are thirsty. I am ready to be under the sprinkler if it is running.

 

When it is this hot, I am ready for a silly and ridiculous movie. I want a movie that is going to make me giggle and laugh and forget how hot I am feeling.

 

Movie poster image from IMDB.com

A few weeks ago, Arthur came to the home market. This re-make of the Dudley Moore movie follows the adventures of a very rich man who remains child-like in his daily life. Russell Brand stars as Arthur in a winning manner. You come to understand why he acts the way he does with his constant attention seeking behavior.

 

But then his mother demands he marry Jennifer Garner, a woman from a wealthy family but a bit driven and coarse. In the meantime, he meets the wonderful unlicensed-tour guide, Greta Gerwig, and falls in love with the unpublished children’s author. There to catch him in every bad situation and save him is his faithful nanny, Helen Mirren.

 

This is a sweet movie with funny moments. There are the sad moments and truthful moments and moments that make you shake your head. The movie rating of PG-13 is there for sexual situations, drug references, alcohol use throughout and language. I would not watch this movie with young children around but it is fine for a date night at home.

 

Movie poster from IMDb.com

One movie that I love for kids that is silly and fun is The Jungle Book from 1967. There are so many good songs that make you want to dance and jiggle around the house. The animation is incredibly dense and beautiful, which pulls you in to the movie even more.

 

The movie also has some great performers. Phil Harris plays the lovable slacker bear, Baloo. Louis Prima gives voice to King Louie of the Apes. George Sanders is the silky smooth danger that is Shere Khan the Tiger. Sterling Holloway, also known as the voice of Winnie the Pooh, plays Kaa the snake.

 

Movie poster from IMDb.com

Finally, the best silly and incredibly funny movie out there is Airplane. This movie spoofs every disaster movie and gets comedic performances from people you would never expect such as Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges and Barbara Billingsley. This movie came out in 1980 and is on every list I have ever seen for best comedic movies ever made. It is suited for those who are in their teens and up due to some sexual situations and drug references.  

 

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.