Jungle Book (2016) – Doug Reviews

Chris Atkinson from Cinema Sins joins the discussion on the critical hit. Will these two enjoy it just as much?

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25 Comments on "Jungle Book (2016) – Doug Reviews"

mannequinmel
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I’m going to see The Jungle Book next weekend. I was surprised that you didn’t like it. I never read the book. I hated the animated movie. I can’t wait to see the cowbell scene! <3 Also, they probably got Scarlett Johansson because she was the voice in Her.

ThatOtherZ
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Something is seriously going on with either Rotten Tomatoes or Film Critics. Cinderella you & Rob didn’t care for that has like 85% Batman v Superman you guys loved half but hated half that gets 28%…Now Jungle Book….I’m like…I’ll see it cause Christopher Walkens in it…but now I wanna read the book more!

Salosandre
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What’s going on is a misunderstanding of how Rotten Tomatoes works. BvS getting 28% is not a case of RT “scoring” BvS 28/100. It means 28% of all the independent critics from all the sources RT pulls from (websites, youtube, magazines, blogs, newspapers etc) gave BvS at least 6 out of 10 or equivalent. 28% means most critics thought BvS was “ok” or “average”. Also the more reviews a film recieves, the more above average reviews it needs to get a “Fresh” rating.

DoveCG
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I’m glad you explained some of that, Salosandre. I knew Rotten Tomatoes was really using a statistical scoring method, based on multiple reviews, but not that 28% was just average. 🙂

John Takis
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Hey, Doug! Have you seen the 1942 JUNGLE BOOK directed by Zoltan Korda and starring Sabu as Mowgli? It’s long been my favorite live-action adaptation, and is surprisingly faithful to the book in both tone and theme — in addition to being a Technicolor feast. It was hard to find in good condition for many years, having entered the public domain, but Criterion released it on DVD a few years back as part of their ECLIPSE series, there’s also an overseas Blu-ray. Loving the book as you do, I suspect you’d really appreciate it!

PontyMython
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fyi, we are getting a live action little mermaid. with chloe grace-moretz as ariel. so that “one day” is going to be sooner than you think…

The Mysterious M
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I think that’s why that was used as a specific example

Or, because somehow Maleficent did so good, Disney’s doing another “Villain prequel” film about Cruella De Vil…ugh

Salosandre
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A Jungle Book 2 (sequel to this film) has been announced. Additionally the Serkis adaptation has been delayed (with some predicting the projects dead), and the theory is it’s due to the unexpected popularity of this version. If this adaptation holds strong at the B/O and maintains it’s current positive word of mouth it’s very likely the Serkis version won’t get made. Having two different adaptations of the same material inside two years of eachother was already pushing it, trying to do it when this version is already successful with a sequel on the way is well.. kind of moronic… Read more »
The Mysterious M
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Two adaptations of the same material within two years of each other? Yeah because that stopped Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Hunstman (both released in the SAME YEAR and both equally atrocious)

mr grump
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Huh more references to Batman v Superman eh?

Anon Tumahab
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Well Doug, there are few movies I 100% disagree with you on. This is going to have to be another one. You thought it sucked; I thought it was awesome. I definitely thought it was better than the Disney cartoon…which I am almost shocked to be saying. I didn’t think the day would come. True, it might not be as good as the original book, but that goes without saying for any adaptation. If I was so hung up on books, I would declare “Jurassic Park” to be a piece of trash because it’s inferior to the novel in almost… Read more »
Unalive'Em13
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Gotta agree with you on this one just because a movie adapted from a book changes things from the original source material doesn’t mean they are automatically bad, like you said Jurassic Park is a great example the book and the film have their differences, but both are great, then you’ve got something like the Shining where the book and the movie are very, very different from each other, but both are still fantastic, and I think this movie is another good example that just because it’s different from the book doesn’t mean it isn’t still a fun and great… Read more »
DoveCG
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Well, to be fair, the Jungle Book has only one source. Most fairy tales tend to have shared elements and multiple variations already in print. Some even have countless parallels in different countries, such as Cinderella. That can make a difference when it comes to the fairy tale adaptations versus any other adaptation. Anyone who actually reads them would probably be more open minded to begin with. I think there is certainly a great deal of leeway when the changes are good and sensible. For the most part, Disney has tried to adapt things with a younger audience in mind… Read more »
Hardback247
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Why is Doug so damn hard to please?

GernBlanston
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Count me in on thinking this was terrific. I wasn’t lukewarm on this like Doug, I thought this was a HUGE improvement on previous adaptations. That said, I just don’t think there will ever be a book accurate adaptation. The book is entirely of its time. It has pro-Colonialism subtext (and just plain text really), racially coded the animal characters, and, is essentially, about the virtues of the white man “enlightening” the natives. Hell, even Kipling changed his tune on this stuff later in life. And there are people writing “hot take” articles now about “how dare they!” even adapt… Read more »
Falconfly
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Yes, I can see why it’s tricky to write an adaptation TONALLY consistent with the book. However, things like Kaa being a wise hero and Baheera’s backstory are easy to work with.

Falconfly
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*TONALLY as in “tone”, not a mispelling of “totally”.

GernBlanston
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Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if those things make it into the sequel. There’s quite a bit to explore for future installments if they want to make more than one more. That said, I liked the restraint they had here with their storytelling.

Also I can’t blame them for using King Louie in place of other elements since he’s wholly a Disney creation, a big part of the animated movie, and he’s something that the other version *won’t* have.

RolandBryn
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I am some what puzzled here on Doug’s thoughts towards the movie…By no means is it a masterpiece, but it surely is not as bad as they make it out to be. They seem to take the movie to serious and completely forget that its a boy raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves that he can talk to…Like at that point disbelief must be made, and clearly I think Doug is missing some symbolism that is done here. Especially the fire scene, the reason the camera pans around and sees what is behind him is to represent… Read more »
GernBlanston
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I like the choices they made with Mowgli since he’s traditionally a passive protagonist. The “red flower”, his “tricks”, the choices he makes – it all makes sense with what they’re doing thematically here.

SquirtleMan649
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I agree with a lot of your points, but especially on Doug’s opinion. I’m surprised too, but I guess not very. Somehow I’m not surprised he dislikes it because, in all honesty, he seems to have this sort of mentality for a lot of new material. I think his suspension of disbelief is part of the problem, but also surprisingly high standards for someone who’s often defending things that are widely considered the worst of the worst. I will agree that in terms of character relationships the movie wasn’t exactly on par, but you know what? I would definitely hesitate… Read more »
Tilda Adade
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Dying to know what Doug thinks of the character Tabaqui (the jackal). He’s going to be in the Andy Serkis version!

Spiritkitten
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Hey Doug, since you liked the Disney afternoon so much, I was wondering if you saw the 2 season run of ‘The Jungle Cubs’ basically about the adventures of the jungle book animals when they were young. It was probably one of my cartoon shows from Disney. FYI Rob Paulsen was in it. I think he played Hathi the elephant.

Roberto González
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I never read the book but I kinda agree with Doug. He nitpicks a lot but he doesn’t say he hates the movie or anything. I don’t know if I’ll say Favreau’s version doesn’t do ANYTHING better than the animated one but I agree with Doug that it is kinda unnecessary cause OVERALL it just doesn’t improve the other story or make things different enough to justify its existence, other than showing the good digital effects. It’s not like the new Planet of the Apes movies which you can like them less or more than the old saga but they… Read more »
RayShee
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Now I’m really interested whether the old Soviet cartoon is somehow available in English without freaking changes I’ve just read on Wikipedia about. It was awesome. Animation is enchanting. And it was quite faithful to the book. And had logic)))

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