Review: Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

The bare necessities

Do I even need to do a plot run down at this point? Mowgli (Rohand Chand) is a boy left in the jungle who is rescued by a panther, Bagheera (Christian Bale) and ultimately raised by wolves. But the dangerous tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) is hell bent on killing Mowgli as he did his parents.

WB and director Andy Serkis started work on this film before Disney came along and made their own live action Jungle Book, grossed a billion dollars, and won an Oscar. Then they got stuck in the awkward position of telling everyone "but this is the dark version!" Despite the insistence that they were going to go full D.C Universe with this, WB dumped it on Netflix. 

For me personally, Netflix was a good move because I don't think I would've went to this in theaters. The fact that WETA, the same people that brought us the flawless Planet of the Apes movies (War should've won that Best Visual Effects Oscar...I will fight you) the CGI is horrendous. I know Serkis is big on showing the human side of motion capture. While it worked with primates in the Apes films it's distracting and cheap looking. When you know that they're capable of, seeing this result is even more offensive.

Another problem this film faced is its voice actors. I really have to question what kind of direction Serkis was giving them because so many of them are completely over the top. Christian Bale was the only one that I consistently liked throughout the film.

Mowgli does dare to be different. Shere Khan is legitimately terrifying and his and Mowgli's final show down was done really well. I also give props for attempting to be different with the character of Baloo, who Serkis plays like the town drunk here. I'm not sure if it worked, but it was new.

This makes for a fine Netflix watch but I just feel bad for Andy Serkis and all involved at this point. The entire situation is just rough, and the finished product certainly didn't soften the blow.

Recommended: No 

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "I haven't come to rescue you, little brother." - Bagheera (Christian Bale)

10 comments:

  1. This looks depressing as hell so I will not touch it especially around Xmas :D

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    1. I wouldn't say it's overly depressing it's just bland and could be so much better lol

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  2. Ouch. I almost started this movie a couple times but always changed my mind. I think I'll push it back a little further on my watch list.

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    1. Yeah, it's not great. I would maybe give another studio a pass on CGI if they didn't have such an amazing track record. Like, what is this?

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  3. I still haven't seen the recent version of The Jungle Book though it's still in my watchlist from my local library. Yeah, I'm not going to watch this film.

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    1. I didn't have a desire to watch that one at all and only watched this because it was on Netflix. I would've skipped both if they were theatrical releases.

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  4. Fantastic review Brittani.❤️

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  5. I'm starting to get bored of this whole animation to CGI type of movies. That's why I'm not impressed with Lion King, either. It's just not natural to me, especially when it comes to animals. They should have left it in animation form. Anyway, great review, thanks for confirming my suspicions :)

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    1. Same, and The Lion King is still too soon, IMO. I can somewhat understand these movies that came out in the 60's like Jungle Book, but The Lion King? That still holds up.

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