Friday, April 15, 2016

The Jungle Books Is EXCELLENT!

I deeply regret that I didn't see the film in IMAX or 3D; I chose the film I went to because of the time slot, and I wish I had watched it in the greater format because I am sure it would have been worth it and I would have enjoyed the film that much more.
Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book adaptation is, simple put, excellent. I cannot imagine that there would be anyone, of any age or political persuasion who would not thoroughly enjoy this film. BUT, since someone DID just mention "political persuasions," I will add that Favreau has handed us a "capitalist manifesto" that simply--but utterly--destroys every other form of economical government in human history. Each of the animal characters, in a way keeping with the original Disney animated film most of us remember and love, represents a different form of government or a different aspect of a socialist government. Please recall that in Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, Favreau played the rich insensitive boss quoting Ayn Rand to Bateman's accountant character, so Favreau is no stranger to the socialist-capitalist debate, and the film demonstrates that quite well. A word of warning,...
Everyone will have their own particular, favorite character, and mine happens to be King Louie, portrayed by Christopher Walken. Louie has blue eyes, and we know that eyes symbolize "sight," not just the ability to see things on the surface (it's important to note that Shere Kahn the tiger is blind in his left eye, which we shall discuss in the post) but how we "see" the metaphysical world operating, the greater laws by which we understand  the invisible world to be at work as well. The blue eyes of King Louie show that he has "unnatural" sight, that is, he has his "sights" set on becoming like a man even though he's an orangutan. This is an important issue because we will see it again in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 when the turtles find the serum that turns humans into animals and could turn them into humans. 
There are at least three important film references and I will give them to you, but you try and find them in the film: (this is the easiest) The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The Lion King and The Village (M Night Shymalan's). The reason these three references are important is because they expand the immediate scene's vocabulary so the film is saying more than just that which we are watching immediately; additionally, when films "quote" other films, they are rewarding us, the "implied viewers" who catch those references and get patted on the back for having seen the films; lastly, and this is really the most important point, quoting other films creates a solidarity between the current film you are watching, and that which came before it, a unified front, if you will. It's wants the audience to know that they keep good company and the position the film takes is a position which has been taken by other films. So, go, enjoy and think. I am working on getting the post up through the night, then I should be able to FINALLY get Spectre posted by Monday afternoon,...
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A film really is no better than its villain, and you come to hate Shere Kahn and his cruelty (don't worry, the film is still child appropriate, because this is the kind of thing adults will pick up on and kids won't).