Netflix's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Review

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    1. Casimir Harlow

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      Thanks for the review Cas,might give this a spin :)
       
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      Thanks Cas,

      Maybe this will have what I thought was missing from the Disney version, Will give it a watch at some point :)
       
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      Ah, dark scenes and Dolbyvision....on my Sony oled...

      ...I guess I'll be watching this via my PS4 Pro then...
       
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      Trust me - this is a step up from the Disney version imo. :smashin:
       
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      Is this in uhd or fhd on Netflix?
       
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      Indeed. Looks pretty good. Little soft in places but not bad at all...
       
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      Fair review there, Cas.
      It felt a bit weak at times in the story as it glided along on, albeit, very good effects. Those effects really do swim along well as they interchange from the real and I'd imagine plenty of children out there wouldn't realize the change at times.
      The cast overall are really good too with the unrecognizable Christian Bale and Serkis' Baloo. And lest we forget Rohan Chand as Mowgli, who performs admirably. It felt like yet another villain failure here, not so much due to Cumberbatch's fault, in that Khan was never really drawn out to be more than a somewhat mindless cowardly killer.
      I have to agree with Cas that the Monkey kidnap was something of a waste and maybe time could've been better spent better with Mowgli learning to be a human with the villagers and hunter more. Although I suppose the Monkey kidnap was necessary insofar as it was pretty much the only lead in to Khan having some sort of unexplained partnership with them.
      If the story had centred more keenly on both intra and interpersonal relationships and their ties to community then this would've held together greater and had more impact in those critical scenes but it never really did so.
      The effects and audio will help an overindulged Christmas view - if you and your family can save it for then...
      6.5/10
       
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      Mowgli (2018)


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      Although not on my must see list, this has been something of a curiosity for me ever since it was due to compete with Jon Favreau's other live action version. Favreau's version was solid enough, but a little lacking. The main draw for me at the time was some of the killer cg work on the animals, and the voice work was generally top notch - Idris Elba aside. Wasn't a fan of his Shere Khan, and felt it didn't work.

      So onto the much delayed version delivered by one Andy Serkis - surely one of the hardest working actors/directors/motion capture dudes in Hollywood today.
      I'm very pleased (and surprised) to report that this unexpectedly had me pretty enthralled. On the back of some quite poisonous reviews, I sat watching it, wondering when the film was due to take an almighty downturn, and be filed along with the likes of The Cloverfield Paradox and other 'Flix duds, but it stayed on track.
      For starters, it's downright beautiful to look at, with some terrific cinematography, and photorealistic backgrounds so good, I had no clue what was shot on location, and what emanated from an expensive hard drive. A lot of sweeping camera shots of clifftops and jungle canopies were spectacular.
      The animal cast are animated quite differently to Favreau's very realistic looking beasts, and have a slightly cartoony look to them (and more human looking eyes), but it's not a dealbreaker. They all had enough personality, and the voicework so good, that you absolutely believe that Mowgli is interacting with them.
      Christian Bale is great as Bagheera, Andy Serkis has fun as Baloo, Peter Mullan works well as Arkela, but the cherry on the cake has to be Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan. He did some impressive voice work as Smaug on the Hobbit films, but what he does here is fantastic. Utterly terrifying, and for my money, one of the best onscreen villains this year.
      Young Rohan Chand is a revelation as Mowgli, and is quite the talent when you consider he spends most of the film talking to a greenscreen or something similar. And despite his age, he's becomes very warriorlike as the film progresses - all scarred and battle ready.
      And that's the tone of the film too. It's certainly pretty dark in parts, and is unafraid to let the blood flow in some set pieces. It's not a version of Jungle Book that's been seen before, and is the better for it. Why rehash the same old thing? I was pleasantly taken with where the story goes here, and it had me gripped for the second half in particular.
      There's some memorable scenes here too. A highpoint for me was an underwater scene (you'll know when it comes), and a very dark sequence involving taxidermy.
      I was very impressed with the score here - Nitin Sawhney produces something rather lovely, and deserves to mentioned in the same breath as Thomas Newman and Howard Shore.
      So well done Netflix for nabbing this, and going some way to justifying my £7.99 a month.

      8/10
       
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      For some reason it's 1080p hdr. I'm not sure why it isn't 4k but that's a shame as I expected it to be 4k.
       
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      Agree, it's a shame it's not in 4k
       
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      I enjoyed the movie and with the great work on the CGI side I could not help think, this in 4K UHD would have rivaled Blade Runner 2049 on the visual side.

      Anyway, nice story, simple and new look at Kipling's writings.
      Mention to Serkis also who directed this and impressive cast providing the voices...

      Not to be taken seriously, sit back enjoy....
      We need those films sometimes.

      Cheers CAS once again :D
       
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      Yeah its only 1080p. God knows why. I would of expected such a huge "Netflix" movie to be in 4K especially considering how good it looks in 1080p and HDR. Cas should probably remove the 4K part from the review to not confuse people.
       
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      I don’t remember putting 4K in the review, just Vision and Atmos, but you’re right it may have been tagged UHD.
       
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      Watched this last night, personally, I thought it was better than the Disney release of a couple of year ago. No singing in it, more story telling and the graphics are top notch as stated. I too am surprised at some of Netflix releases as of late, they do seem to be getting better and are a change from most of their catalogue which is mostly stuff I have seen before.
       
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      The Apple TV Netflix app will tell you what is 4k HDR and what is 1080 HDR. Spot the HD (1080) HDR logo on Mowgli whilst The Outlaw King just has HDR and is in 4K.
      Chose these as Cas has reviewed them both and for some reason I've not gotten round to seeing either :(
       

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      Good question. It says hd Dolby vision
      No signs of 4K looked ok but it looked hd picture was Weird I was Expecting 4K Dolby vision
       
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      We watched this last night, and both thought it was extremely good, much better than Disney's last effort. It has a very dark tone, but then it's always been a pretty unpleasant tale. I didn't find the bit with the monkeys particularly out of place, and thought Mr Cumberbatch's portrayal of Khan good although I felt we could have seen more of him. 9/10 from me.
       
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      Watched it last night and this is probably the best Netflix original so far. Serkis is a mo cap master and what he doesn't know about the technology hasn't been invented yet. Great rest watch value as well
      7/10 solid from me and an 8 from Mrs N.
       
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      we watched it yesterday and it was a lot better than I expected it to be, to the point that I'm not really sure why Warner's sold it to Netflix rather than release it themselves. I think that's doing the film a bit of a disservice really. I guess they just didn't know how to market it once it dawned on them this really isn't Disney's Jungle Book.

      You can tell Andy Serkis has absorbed most of his directorial style from working on so many Peter Jackson productions, though. I thought the first few minutes were very much like the opening of Fellowship Of the Ring in the way it's presented, more so with Cate Blanchet's narration, and the way they did the monkey cave sequence definitely had PJ written all over it... but on the whole I think it stands up on it's own very well.
      I couldn't stand the live action Jungle Book from a couple of years ago and I've never liked the cartoon version, but this one I'd watch again. I liked the dark tone, it seemed aimed at families with older kids and could definitely see one or two scenes bringing tears to younger kids (I almost had a few myself at one point).
      I thought it was solid entertainment, nicely realized with good fx work, and the kid playing Mowgli did a very good job, better than a lot of adult actors handle green screen work. The voice actors were all good too.
      Given how violent it gets at times, even though the violence is somewhat played down, I did find myself thinking it wouldn't have felt wrong if they'd cast Jason Momoa as a more grown up Mowgli :D

      Netflix did well picking this one up
       
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      I'd go with a 7/10 personally, but you've summed it up pretty damn well.

      Agreed regarding 'favourite sequence' by the way. That underwater scene was exceptional...
       
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      Solid 7.5 from me. Enjoyed it and the visuals were stunning and with Dolby vision it was very close to UHD IMO
       
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      7/10 for me, good start, great finish but meandered into "haven't we seen all this before?" territory in the middle.

      I thought the dark tone (story, not picture) suited it well, after all it's a jungle. Jungles should be savage.

      PQ excellent, SQ ... underused, I only noticed one scene where the surrounds and overheads were being used to their potential. With a movie set in the jungle there was a missed opportunity to wrap you in sound.

      Voice acting was mostly excellent, though I'm getting a bit tired of the default East London accent that seems to have overtaken some animation projects. The standout for me was Christian Bale's Bagheera.

      Rohan Chand was superb as the lead.
       
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      Agree mostly except I thought the animals were a bit of a letdown. The kid though, as you say, was really good.

      Not enough Kaa.
       
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      Ever the method actor.

      I knew he was prone to losing or gaining weight for roles, but he really upped his game here by growing fur and fangs. That's commitment to a role :smashin:;)
       
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      Explains the unrecognizable voice - did the director not see Dracula 2000?
       
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      ^ Well as far as acting goes he is getting a bit long in the tooth
       
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      Perhaps the Christmas Cracker spirit is getting to you..?
       

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