If you are following closely the movie world news you have definitely noticed that Disney is on a mission to adapt all of their classic beloved animation movies to Live Action. Last few years we have already seen few adaptations including Maleficent, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland. The titles announced for future releases are Beauty and the Beast, Marry Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, Mulan, Jungle Book and many more. But The Jungle Book is in the center of attention today because the first stunning looking trailer has just dropped.
I was anticipating this trailer very much, mainly because of the great word of mouth spreading from D23 Expo, which happened just weeks ago. Before that I hadn’t heard anything about the project, except that Jon Favreau will be directing it. And honestly I was very cautious about the Live Action adaptation of The Jungle Book, because even if I love the original animation, it was just a fun, little movie for kids mostly and the storyline wasn’t epic enough to make a more than $100 million action movie out of it.
Nevertheless, I finally saw the trailer of the Jungle Book and it looks freaking amazing. Jon Favreau had said that the special effects in this movie will top anything that we have seen before and I will say that from the trailer alone a lot of things looked very realistic and beautiful. When you watch the trailer, just keep in mind that everything is shot in a studio environment using mostly green screen, thus based on that I am really impressed from how everything looks, including the Jungle itself. CGI technology is becoming more and more astonishing and realistic looking every year and movies will only benefit from its results.
Animals are the big aspect of the movie and I can’t believe that those animals in the trailer are not real. We get a clear look at Shere Khan, voiced by Idris Elba who fights with Bagheera, voiced by Ben Kingsley. Throughout the whole trailer Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi, is on the run being chased by all types of animals and is trying to survive in the wild jungle. The scenes are full of tension and excitement, the score sounds beautiful and just raises the suspense of the action. We also see the rest of the central animal characters from the animation, including King Louie voiced by Christopher Walken, Kaa voiced by Scarlett Johansson and at the end of the trailer the classical scene of Mowgli, going down the river sitting on the belly of Baloo, who is voiced by none other than Bill Murray.
I still don’t know if the storyline will be close the original material as done with Cinderella or will be the reenvisioned version of the story, as done in Maleficent or Alice in Wonderland. At this point I am really curious to see the movie, even if just because of the cinematic experience of the digital but very realistic looking world.
I also have very high hopes for the story being as engaging as cinematic looks of the movie, because of it being directed by Jon Favreau. Even though he is known for making the Iron Man Marvel movie, which helped to resurrect Robert Downey’s career, not many people have heard of much smaller indie movie that he made called Chef. I would never think that there can be made a movie about a chef who starts a lunch truck business as compelling as it turned out to be in Chef, which means that the story is one of the most important things that matter for Favreau. Therefore I wouldn’t be surprised if The Jungle Book ended up being one of the most emotional movies of 2016.
Those are my thoughts about the first Jungle Book trailer. Please comment and share your thoughts about the trailer, whether you agree with me or disagree? Thanks