I can’t be the only one getting sick of these, right?
We all know that Disney loves money. To say that is as meaningless a statement as looking up and announcing “The sky is blue!” So when they announced they’d be remaking several of their classic movies in live action a few years ago, it’s safe to say that no one was surprised.
What did surprise us was when the Jungle Book was remade again just a few years after the first live action take on Netflix with Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. And the question on everyone’s mind is: why?
The first live action version of the Jungle Book, which was released back in 2016, was a huge financial and critical success. Personally, I didn’t enjoy it in the least, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a hit. Despite my personal feelings, I can see why people love this version. The visual effects are great, Jon Favreau’s fantastic directing of acting and visuals, and an all-star cast, including Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and Scarlet Johansson.
You’d think that’d be it, right? Disney once again managed to milk the Jungle Book for a large sum of money, so they’ll leave it alone for a while now, right? Well… no. No they won’t. For some god damn reason, we got yet another movie.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is one of the most confusing productions I’ve ever seen. It was directed by Andy Serkis (y’know, Gollum from the Lord of the Rings films) and written by a fresh face to cinema: Callie Kloves. This was combined with a fantastic cast, which includes Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberpatch, and Cate Blanchett. How did it go wrong?
See point A: we just got a live-action Jungle Book movie two years ago.
At the very least, Jon Favreau’s version came roughly seventy years or so after the original animated version. While I do think the original is more timeless (at least in terms of it’s visuals) it isn’t a terrible executive decision. Many kids in the modern day haven’t seen the original version, after all. The same, however, can’t be said about the Netflix film.
I believe that the live-action versions of these classic Disney films are ultimately a waste, but there are people who haven’t seen the original films. The live action versions could serve as a great way to get people interested in watching the superior (and far more timeless) versions of the story. Though that argument does fall through when you realize that the original versions are still available on DVD.
But this? This is just redundant, don’t you think? Why make this one just after the other? Did they worry the first attempt would fail, so they hedged their bets on the second? If so, why’d you even bother with the first? Were you already too deep into production to cancel the second one after the first did so well? I’ve tried to approach this from every angle, and I just can’t make sense of it.
If I hadn’t checked the film’s IMDb page, I’d honestly think it was one of those cheap knock-off movies trying to cash in on successful properties. You know, movies like Transmorphers and Atlantic Rim (which I’d highly recommend if you want a good laugh). But no. It’s a real film with actual production values and incredibly talented people involved.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already sick of this story. I’m tired of Mowgli and his animal friends. I refuse to give these remakes more of my time or money. Maybe if we take a thirty year long break. Actually, make it forty. Or fifty.
Or just wait until I’m dead. In fact, wait fifty years after my death. Then you can go ahead.