The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

The Jungle Book 2.0: Animation at its Finest



The live action remake of The Jungle Book was much darker than the original.  The detailed CGI amplified the violence of the story.  There were several frightening battle scenes that looked like something one would see on the Discovery channel: two beasts mauling at each other.  My heart raced as the monstrous King Louie chased Mowgli through the temple.  Even the jungle fire was terrifying.  I definitely would have been a bit frightened watching this as a child.

With the darker atmosphere, I questioned whether or not this remake would include the classic songs from the original The Jungle Book.  I am glad that it did, and each song had a spin on it that made it fit in with the atmosphere of the new film.

Remakes can always be tricky, but the live action remake of The Jungle Book, excelled by being different enough from the original.  It was a film that stood on its own through its beautiful animation.

The Jungle Book set a new standard for animation.  The animals were so detailed, they looked real.  You could see the texture of their fur, the wrinkles on their skin, and the unique colors of their irises.  The scenery was just as lifelike.  Every branch, leaf, and rock was intricate.  The animators took us deep into the jungle.  The film was a beautiful work of art.

A beautiful cinematic moment in The Jungle Book was when Mowgli carried the red flower from the man village.  He ran across the bridge that connected civilization to the wild.  As Mowgli crossed the bridge, the glow from the flame emanated above him and in the reflection in the water below him.  It was such a powerful aesthetic.

I was impressed with Neel Sethi’s (Mowgli) acting considering that he was the only live person in the film.  In every scene, I believed that he was actually interacting with the animals.

What I liked best about The Jungle Book was that it’s about animals, their environment, and humans’ impact on it.  It was great to reintroduce this story to a new audience, especially today when climate change and species extinction are prominent issues.

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