Mowgli – *(*)

Posted: December 15, 2018 in 2018, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, UK, USA, X1/2

Disney’s live animation remake of The Jungle Book was a great success a few years ago. That must have been very bad news for the producers of Mowgli, another movie based on Rudyard Kipling’s fantasy book, telling the story of a young human being raised by a pack of wolves in the jungle. It’s not the first time in movie history that two production companies release a similar movie and almost always there’s the one movie that becomes a hit and the other a flop. Unless the movies are so unique that they become two totally different experiences.

Alas, for Mowgli, the first half of the movie is pretty similar to The Jungle Book. At least what’s the story is concerned. The animals look very different though. Less real, less polished, less funny. The creatures in this movie look like they all have had a past life being the caged, underfed pets of humans. A bit like Koba in Planet Of The Apes. And in the second half you do get to learn that Bagheera was once a pet. It’s a confession he makes when he visits Mowgli at night, who’s locked up in a cage by a white hunter living in an Indian village. That part is more intriguing than in the 2016 version. However, as the story could have focused on Mowgli’s integration with fellow humans, it ends with the hunt for Shere Khan, as predicted.

It’s a dark movie. It’s not fun entertainment. It does have its merits, but it falls short. The trailer is great though. The final product not so much.

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