I’ve been avoiding writing this, mostly because I’m lazy.
Kat and I saw “The Jungle Book” several weeks ago and I must say that I highly recommend seeing it.
It’s a good movie and the special effects are nothing short of awesome.
I just wish that someday someone who actually had read Kipling’s “Jungle Book” would actually make a movie of it.
I mean “The Jungle Book” is a great movie. They even got the names right, there is a boy “Mowgli” and a pack of Wolves, a Bear, a Leopard, some Monkeys* and a Tiger. There is also a supporting cast of miscellaneous other Indian Jungle critters. What they did not get, what they did not make, was a movie version of Kipling’s Jungle Book.
For crying out loud in the book Kaa helped Baloo and Bagheera rescue Mowgli from the Bandar-log, and later, as I recall, became a friend of Mowgli’s.
That is the least of the errors they made.
I could cry. The movie was enjoyable, but I’ll bet most of those who see the movie will never read the real Jungle Book, because “I saw the movie, why should I read the book?” and they will never know what Hollywood has cheated them of.
Hell if Hollywood had wanted to they could have had as many or more hours of movie out of the Jungle Books as they managed to get out of Tolkien’s Trilogy. You could get at least an hour long movie from Rikki Tikki Tavi**.
If you just kept with the Stories with Mowgli in them you could probably get two or three long movies made.
Instead we get the regurgitated crap that Hollywood keeps churning out.
*At this point I don’t recall if any of said monkeys had prehensile tails or not.
** Run and find out.