The Jungle Book, yet another live-action telling of a classic story by Disney, and from the trailer, this appears to be a darker take on the story. While many of their latest retellings have been alright, The Jungle Book's cast is what makes me intrigued. Just look at cast listing: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, and Christopher Walken! And Iron Man director, Jon Favreau, is behind the camera, so this is shaping up to have potential. My impressions from the trailer is that the voices for the animals seem a bit strange since Scarlett Johansson's voice sounds strangely disembodied as she narrates the trailer. It lacks the correct atmosphere and background sound to prevent it from sounding like she is speaking in a vacuum. Otherwise, the CGI looks surprisingly good for an early trailer. Much of the film's success likely hinges on the performance of child actor, Neel. Another possible issue is that Disney's recent trailers for these types of films give the false impression of a dark and serious take, while the final product is very much a family film.
Fascinately, another Jungle Book adaptation, Jungle Book: Origins, is set to release in 2017, and it is directed by Andy Serkis and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, and Cate Blanchett to name a few. So, which will be the better? We will have to find out! What do you think? Please comment below and let me know.
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