2016 #6 – The Jungle Book (dir. Jon Favreau)

“This is the law of the jungle. It’s old and it’s as true as the sky. And the wolf that should keep it may prosper, but the wolf who will break it must die.” – Neel Sethi as Mowgli in The Jungle Book.

The Jungle Book (2016)
Director:
Jon Favreau
Starring: neelsethibillmurraybenkingsleyidriselbalupitanyongo.pngscarlettjohanssongiancarloesposito.pngchristopherwalken
Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken
Written By: Justin Marks
Running Time: 106 minutes (1 hour, 46 minutes)
Genre(s): Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Confession: I’ve never seen The Jungle Book. At least, not the original 1967 Disney classic version. Needless to say, I went into this film with low expectations.

It should be no secret by now that Disney is in the process of regurgitating all of their past hits into live action films. We’ve already had Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and even Pete’s Dragon. Beauty and the Beast comes out later this year and Dumbo, Mulan, The Lion King and Aladdin are all in development right now. It all just feels a bit soulless.

But The Jungle Book is a good movie. A really good movie to be perfectly honest – it does a lot right. The visual effects are definitely a sight to behold. They’re up there with some of the best animal visual effects I’ve ever seen put on film. This movie is absolutely a visual treat.

Even better though is that the film comes together quite nicely from all other fronts. The editing is great, the voice acting is wonderful (Idris Elba is the MVP and I also really enjoyed Bill Murray and Lupita Nyong’o’s work here) and there are some really stunning sequences here.

Two that come to my mind right away are when Mowgli says goodbye to Raksha and when Mowgli helps save the baby elephant. Honestly, just beautiful work.

Earlier I said that Disney’s continuous output of remade films feels soulless, but the truth is The Jungle Book is the exact opposite of that. 4/5.


2016 Personal Ballot (updates are in bold)

Best Picture
1.
Hell or High Water
2.
Sing Street
3.
Loving
4. The Jungle Book
5.
Hidden Figures

Best Director
1.
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
2. Jon Favreau – The Jungle Book
3.
John Carney – Sing Street
4.
Jeff Nichols – Loving
5.

Best Actor in a Leading Role
1. Joel Edgerton – Loving
2. Chris Pine – Hell or High Water
3. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo – Sing Street
4.
5.

Best Actress in a Leading Role
1. Ruth Negga – Loving
2. Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures
3.
4.
5.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1. Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
2. Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
3. Jack Reynor – Sing Street
4.
5.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1. Janelle Monaé – Hidden Figures
2. Lucy Boynton – Sing Street
3. Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
4.
5.

Best Original Screenplay
1. Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
2. Sing Street – Simon Carmody, John Carney
3.
4.
5.

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. Loving – Jeff Nichols
2. Hidden Figures – Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
3. The Jungle Book – Justin Marks
4.
5.

Best Film Ensemble
1. Hell or High Water – Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Marin Ireland, Katy Mixon, Dale Dickey, Kevin Rankin, Katy Mixon, Margaret Bowman
2. Hidden Figures – Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monaé, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge
3. Sing Street – Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kelly Thornton, Don Wycherley, Ben Carolan, Mark McKenna, Percy Chamburuka, Conor Hamilton, Karl Rice, Ian Kenny
4. The Jungle Book – Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken
5.

Best Original Score
1. Loving – David Wingo
2. The Jungle Book – John Debney
3. Hell or High Water – Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
4. Hidden Figures – Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer
5.

Best Original Song
1.
Sing Street – “Drive It Like You Stole It” by Gary Clark
2. Sing Street – “To Find You” by Gary Clark
3.
Sing Street – “Up” by John Carney, Gary Clark, Graham Henderson, Carl Papenfus, Ken Papenfus, Zamo Riffman
4.
Hidden Figures – “Runnin’” by Pharrell Williams
5.
Hidden Figures – “I See a Victory” by Kirk Franklin, Pharrell Williams

Best Production Design
1. Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena
2. Hidden Figures – Missy Parker, Wynn Thomas
3. Sing Street – Tamara Conboy, Alan MacDonald
4.
5.

Best Cinematography
1. Hell or High Water – Giles Nuttgens
2.
3.
4.
5.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
1. Sing Street – Barbara Conway, Sandra Kelly
2.
3.
4.
5.

Best Costume Design
1. Sing Street – Tiziana Corvisieri
2. Hidden Figures – Renée Ehrlich Kalfus
3. Loving – Erin Benach
4.
5.

Best Film Editing
1. Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
2. The Jungle Book – Mark Livolsi
3. Sing Street – Andrew Marcus, Julian Ulrichs
4.
5.

Best Visual Effects
1. The Jungle Book – Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Adam Valdez
2.
Passengers – Pete Dionne, Sebastien Gourdal, Erik Nordby
3.
Hell or High Water – Jeremy Cox, Scott Hastings, Daniel Holt, Michael Prawitz
4.
5.


2016 Ranked (updates are in bold)

1. Hell or High Water (dir. David Mackenzie)
2.
Sing Street (dir. John Carney)
3.
Loving (dir. Jeff Nichols)
4. The Jungle Book (dir. Jon Favreau)
5. Hidden Figures (dir. Theodore Melfi)
6. Passengers (dir. Morten Tyldum)

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