The Dark Horse of 2016
The Super Bowl is a tradition in American pop-culture, to sit down and watch what is arguably one of the most overrated sports known to man. For film fans however it’s a chance to have a look at some of the year’s biggest blockbusters, and this year was no different.
Now while most of the trailers were only 30 second tv spots, due to the sheer cost of advertising at the Super Bowl, Disney were not afraid to drop a full new two minute trailer for Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.
Justin Marks wrote the screenplay which is based off of Rudyard Kipling’s novel of the same name. The story of an Indian boy named Mowgli who after being raised by wolves and living with animals must return to humanity.
Have a look at the trailer below.
Jon Favreau wasn’t lying when he said at D23 back in September that this film will be the most technologically advanced film the world has seen to date. This trailer is stunning! The bear from the Revenant doesn’t stand a chance against Baloo, at least in terms of the way they look. The CGI and the cinematography is so good you would be surprised to know that everything is this film was shot in a sound studio in L.A.
The original Disney animated version from 1967 is one of my favourite animated films of all time so I’ve been intrigued by this film ever since it was announced. But then they released the first trailer in late 2015 and it jump up to my second most anticipated film of 2016 (right behind Suicide Squad), and this second trailer has done nothing to stop my excitement for this film.
One of the most interesting things that the cast keep talking about when it comes to this film is that talent in young actor Neel Sethi who plays Mowgli, the only human to appear in the film. We’ve all seen that experienced actors struggle when it comes to acting alongside green screen (Star Wars Prequels) and while this trailer doesn’t show us what his performance is going to be like, the fact that actors like Sir Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o are praising this kid, he must be doing something right.
The film also stars Bill Murray as Baloo the bear, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa.
The Jungle Book hits theatres April 15, 2016.
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Author: Joe Gardner