Matthew Brady's Movie Review of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Mowgli - Review
Matthew Brady - wrote on 04/02/19

I feel bad for Andy Serkis.

His heart is in the right place and I respect the effort to make it more faithful to original novel, so I can't imagine his frustration of how this turned out.

However, my pity doesn't change how incredibly underwhelming I felt about it. If I have to be honest, I was bored at times. The CG motion capture on the animals looked horrifying, especially on Baloo who looks like he's got every disease ever. Rohan Chand struggles to act around heavy effects for an hour and forty four minutes.

I will give it some merit that improves Favreau's version. Cate Blanchett as Kass was far more interesting to watch just by her voice work and big booming presence. Same thing with Benedict Cumberbatch. I already knew going in this was going to be a much darker version, but I was still shocked and surprised at certain scenes for not holding back.

Other than that, I can see why this was dumped on Netflix, because I imagine it will be too bleak for the average audience member at your local cinema. It wouldn't last that long anywhere.

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