I really enjoyed the recent Disney version of The Jungle Book, and I thought it would take some beating.This version, which is more a collection of Kipling's Mowgli tales is darker, more in the spirit of the original stories, and, for me, the better movie.I've rarely rated anything 10/10 because I believe there's always room for improvement. With Mowgli though, I don't think it could have been done better.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) 1080p YIFY Movie
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) 1080p
Mowgli is a movie starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Benedict Cumberbatch. 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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The Synopsis for Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) 1080p
The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli raised by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a black panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own, except for one; the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.
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Can't recommend this movie highly enoughReviewed byjimthethingVote: 10/10
Andy Serkis' Mowgli was announced prior to Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, and it is said to be much darker and much more faithful to the Rudyard Kipling original stories. However, I still stand on this: the Favreau film was also dark (with its terrifying portrayal of Shere Khan, brilliantly voiced by Idris Elba), and was also faithful to the books. Anyway, I waited for the Serkis film with anticipation, and when I watched it today on Netflix, I say this: I loved it, but some parts were disappointing. What is great and what is unsatisfactory?
- What is unsatisfactory: I felt that I was rewatching the Favreau film. I'm not kidding: I felt that this movie was a copy-paste remake of the... remake! With the *exact same* elements: Bagheera finds Mowgli (BTW, it should be "Mowgli" as in "now" and not "no") abandoned in the jungle after Shere Khan kills the boy's mother, and then entrusts our hero to the wolves; at one point, the panther tells Mowgli that he must go to the man-village, since "the jungle is no longer safe for him", all due to Shere Khan's growing threat. Got any Disney flashback, anyone?
- What is great: the action scenes are top-notch and scary, not to mention ungodly realistic (with lots of shots showing blood), the plot is indeed far more faithful to the Kipling books than any of the Disney adaptations, the cast is talented, especially Cate Blanchett as Kaa, the more frightening character of them all. But the ultimate best character is definitely Rohan Chand as Mowgli: his role was much more difficult than Neel Sethi in the Favreau film, and yet he nailed it with his performance; as a result, we get to see a true feral child from the jungle, with the conflict he is going through (wondering where he belongs). Also, the way he discovers and interacts with the humans is hypnotizing.
So, on the whole, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a good film, really fun and entertaining, with amazing moments that capture the essence of the source material, and a talented cast, though not without its flaws.
Mowgli is definitely not for children, there are scenes where it seems that way, with some cartoon like characters and some of the playful nature of some scenes, but deep down this is dark. You can tell the filmmakers tried to make an even darker film here, but perhaps this suffered along with its troubled production.
Andy Serkis directed this movie, and he does a fine job as his first attempt at a film like this. The motion capture on the animals is fantastic, and each performance is nailed by their actor. With Benedict Cumberbatch being a stand out. You can tell he channelled his inner Smaug for this role. Christian Bale was also fantastic as the panther, Bagheera, as was every other voice actor. But the stand out performance was by the young Rohan Chand. He was brilliant as Mowgli. Not many actors can perform in front of CGI characters and make it work. A lot of people will compare this to the Disney version that came out a few years ago, but that is inevitable, however Rohan gave a far superior performance than the actor who played his counterpart in the Jungle Book.
Most of the other characters were not of much interest, with some of the human characters just standing in the background not doing much. However some scenes with them are haunting, and will leave a mark on you. Dark and twisted scenes play out during these human scenes, with dead animals, showing how cruel humans can be. Not for kids people!
There are some issues with the film, from its off pacing during the first act. A lot of scenes jumped back and forth and it was difficult to tell what was going on at times, but it found its footing half way through. Some of the CGI looked dreadful in scenes, but others - mainly the landscapes, were breathtaking. The human-like CGI animal faces were bizarre at first, but after a time, it kind of worked.
My personal biggest issue with this film is that it lacked any kind of charisma. It felt took dark and bland at times, with little humour. Maybe this is because I couldn't help but compare it to the Jungle Book, like so many others will. It is a shame, because Mowgli is a very entertaining movie, with fantastic performances.
Despite its flaws, Mowgli is a good film, it is a shame it didn't get enough love to be released worldwide, with its full potential, because it could have surpassed the Jungle Book, but it didn't. But nonetheless, Mowgli is entertaining.