Review Mowgli (2018)

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    A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.



     
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    Serkis Talks His “Jungle Book” Differences


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    Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book: Origins” was supposed to hit last year, but has since been delayed with a 2018 release now being targeted. The delay is said to be in part to distance itself from Jon Favreau’s Disney film which proved a smash hit both critically and commercially last year.

    Serkis’ take is said to be much more faithful to Rudyard Kipling’s darker source material. There’s also a big difference in the animation style with the use of mo-cap in real-life locations as opposed to a fully CG animated jungle and creatures with a real kid green screened in.

    Speaking with Screen Rant recently, Serkis talked how his version is changing things up:

    “Well, ours is using performance capture, and theirs didn’t. Ours is shot on location, it’s in real locations, we shot in South Africa. [The film] is very much more like live action photography… We have these actors who played the animals as opposed to [just voicing] the animals, so there’s a great difference in that.

    The way of embodying that character and owning that role all the way through the conception and authorship of the role. [This version], as [in] the book, is grounded in India. It’s colonial and turn of the century, so it has that sort of authenticity and, I suppose, that sense of [being] closer to Rudyard Kipling’s world.”

    Serkis says he has no problems with the delays as it has given him plenty of time to get the ambitious project right:

    “I’ve got to say that personally I’m absolutely thrilled that Warner Brothers have changed the delivery date of our movie. The ambition for this project is huge. What we are attempting is an unprecedented level of psychological and emotional nuance in morphing the phenomenal performances of our cast into the facial expressions of our animals.”

    Alfonso Cuaron reportedly consulted on the project which stars Rohan Chand (Mowgli), Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan), Cate Blanchett (Kaa), Christian Bale (Bagheera), Naomie Harris (Nisha), Tom Hollander (Tabaqui), Peter Mullan (Akela) and Eddie Marsan (Vihaan).

    “Jungle Book: Origins” is currently slated to open October 19th 2018.
     
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    Andy Serkis’ “The Jungle Book: Origins” at Warner Bros. Pictures has officially been retitled and will now be called “Mowgli” after the story’s main protagonist.

    Serkis’ film offers a darker and closer to the source material adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s famous 1894 collection of short stories. Serkis helms the film which opens October 19th 2018.
     
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    The Andy Serkis-directed adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” has scored a PG-13 rating for “intense sequences of action violence including bloody images, and some thematic elements.” Titled “Mowgli,” the film will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures later this year.
     
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    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix



     
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    Netflix’s “Mowgli” Gets Very Mixed Reviews


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    Opening in a limited release this past weekend ahead of its debut on the service on Friday, Andy Serkis’ “Mowgli,” a dark and more accurate adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” has scored decidedly mixed reviews from critics.

    With over two dozen reviews counted, Rotten Tomatoes has it on a score of 50% with a 5.7/10. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys and Naomie Harris star in the film which Warners produced and sold off to Netflix earlier this year.

    Reviews call the film ambitious, boasting impressive effects and trying to bring a mature and more serious sensibility to the genre, but it also loses focus on the way and lacks an emotional throughput. Here’s a sampling of reviews:

    “The filmmakers are clearly trying to bring an uncommon maturity to the fantasy film, and in many respects they succeed. While not everything here works, what does is impressive.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times

    “Serkis throws in too many new elements and, in the process, derails the plot’s familiarity and some of its charms.” – Monica Castillo, TheWrap

    “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle may have intended to offer a darker, grittier take on the classic Kipling stories, but the end result proves to be more of a murky muddle.” – Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter

    “Like the boy himself, the movie is not able to resolve its conflicting dualities.” – Nell Minow, Movie Mom

    “Andy Serkis opts for an unnecessarily “gritty” adaptation that showcases the actor-director’s CGI-enhanced performances, but otherwise fails to make Mowgli’s coming of age meaningful or unique.” – Todd Gilchrist, Nerdist

    “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” premieres on Netflix worldwide on December 7th.
     

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