I wanna be like you-hu-hu (Hop-dee-doo-bee-do-bow)
I wanna walk like you
Talk like you
For the last couple of days Eddie and I have been singing "I wanna be like you" song after seeing the remake of The Jungle Book in the cinema at the weekend. Its spectacular visuals have received raving reviews and comparisons to the clever 3d world of Avatar.
This remake is called a live action, though the only live action is provided by Neil Sethi who plays Mowgli. All the other characters and amazing scenery are digitised. And that is truly awe-inspiring.
It's tricky to make animal characters talk in a believable way, and at times their facial expressions were quite weird, but the jungle was a fantastic creation, a real work of art. The foliage, the river, the ancient temple, it all was perfectly executed.
This Disney's version of The Jungle Book is much more sinister and thought-provoking than the original cartoon.
Directed by Jon Favreau, this version is a more grown-up film in comparison to the original Disney's production. It kept two of its most famous songs - Bare Necessities and I wanna be like you, which made it more tense and dramatic. I'm not the biggest fan of musicals, so for me two songs plus extra singing during the final credits was plenty.
The film makes you think about the fragile balance of life. Young Mowgli loves his adoptive family, a pack of wolves, and tries his best to fit in. But he's different, and he knows it. He's a man-cub. To save his wolf-family, he has to leave them and grow up.
At the end of the film he steals a torch from the village and runs in the jungle to accost the bloodthirsty predator Shere Khan. While he runs, he accidentally sets the jungle on fire. Thus someone who loves the jungle, can also be a symbol of its destruction and death. He's a child, but he also represents a great danger. You almost sympathize with the disfigured veteran of the jungle, tiger Shere Khan, he knows exactly what he talks about. Humans are not to be trusted.
Beautifully reconstructed, The Jungle Book will appeal to children and grown-ups alike.
P.S. My son Eddie asked why while some animals speak "human", some (like monkeys) only make animal noises? Answers on a postcard please.
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