The Jungle Book Live-Action Trailer Is Visually Astounding, Unnecessarily Gritty

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The Jungle Book Live-Action Trailer Is Visually Astounding, Unnecessarily Gritty

The first teaser trailer for the live-action Jungle Book will leave you gasping at its awe-inspiring visuals, then smirking at how darn serious it takes itself.

Directed by Jon Favreau (he of Iron Man, Swingers and...ehem...Cowboys and Aliens fame), The Jungle Book won't hit theaters until next year, which means that now is right about time for the teaser trailers to start dropping. And y'all, this might just be the mother of all teaser trailers. Tiger fights! Malick-ian visuals!! The Wall from Game of Thrones!! This live-action take on the Disney classic -- which, calling it "live-action" might be a bit of a stretch, as 99% of the movie appears to be CGI -- packs all of the action into a tight two minutes and then some.

Once the awe of the lush, beautifully-rendered environments wears off, though, you're basically left with the trailer for every superhero origin story film ever, right down to overly-serious narration (this time performed by the way-too-sensually-voiced-for-a-kids-movie Scarlett Johansson), Inception BRAHMMS, and dramatic cuts to black. "Why sssso sssseriousssss?", Johansson's Kaa might as well be saying.

I dunno, maybe I'm alone in thinking a movie about singing orangutans voiced by Louis Prima wasn't meant for the gritty reboot treatment. But it's got at least one thing going for it, and that is that it's not the 1994 live-action Jungle Book starring Jason Scott Lee. And not to beat a dead horse, but dem visuals doe. Just check out some of the screengrabs I got from this thing.

Based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless stories and inspired by Disney's classic animated film, "The Jungle Book" is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he's ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don't exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong'o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack's alpha male Akela. "The Jungle Book" seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.

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OK... So Christopher Walken and Bill Murray play animals in a CGI heavy film from the studio that brought us Johnny Deep as Johnny Deep in Pirates of the Caribbean and the guy who made Ironman.
The silliness potential is too damn high, its a shame the trailer looks so bland.
I hope this is just like the first trailer of Antman and the movie turns out to be great.

There's already been a live action Jungle Book.

The Dread Pirate Roberts was the bad guy (he had a glorious mustache) and Kaa drowned and ate him.

It was great! This has big shoes to fill.

Wait, what? There's another freaking live action Jungle Book movie coming out!?
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Man, remember how horribly the villains in that movie got murdered by the jungle? ...and that shit was for kids!

I don't know about you but the trailer looked perfect to me. I did not expect it to look good at all.

Looks pretty good to me.

I think this looks potentially amazing! Also, as a person that has read the Jungle Book, that book is pretty damn dark and gritty. I mean, the elephants trampled a tribe of humans to death, because Mowgli got mad!

Not recently have I seen a movie trailer that movie trailered more than a movie trailer typically movie trailers these days. Why must they all cut to black multiple times? Why must all the dialog be ambiguous and dull? Why must all the music use the same deep percussion and choirs?

Might be okay though.

This looks pretty damn great, if you ask me.

fix-the-spade:
There's already been a live action Jungle Book.

The Dread Pirate Roberts was the bad guy (he had a glorious mustache) and Kaa drowned and ate him.

It was great! This has big shoes to fill.

Chester Rabbit:
Wait, what? There's another freaking live action Jungle Book movie coming out!?
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3xtPQ5Mc88c/VTiUiYJspSI/AAAAAAAAS-c/rF-0oHwlb4A/s1600/but-why.gif

Man, remember how horribly the villains in that movie got murdered by the jungle? ...and that shit was for kids!

That movie had no more to do with the Jungle Book than The Lion King did with Hamlet.

Gotta tell you, peeps, this seems like it's going to be pretty damn cool. I just wish they didn't have to pretend that a kid raised in the wild would be so damn fastidious about wearing a loincloth. Not saying I want nekkid kids, just saying I like some realism.

As long as we get Walken singing I want to be like you, I'll be hapy.

Looks generic as hell, especially when they always try to make it look like an epic with crappy voice acting and/or generic orchestral melody's played over it all. And as usual, the poor lighting sucks the life out of it. Whatever

I didn't think anyone else had heard of the 1994 one...But I liked that one! Nothing to do with Jungle Book, but better as a live action Tarzan-in-India that most of the Tarzan movies have been in general.

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So, what, we're just pretending this one doesn't exist?

One of these days I'll have to pick up Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book and give it a read. Loved the Disney adaptation when I was a kid and I've watched the absolutely stunning - and much more serious - 1942 live action version - In technicolor no less!- nominated for four academy awards!

This new version has some big shoes to fill, but I'm a fan of Jon Favreau and his work - Especially Iron Man and Chef! Also Having Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kinglsley as Bagheera and Idris Elba as Shere Khan makes me think this is going to be very good!

Christopher Walken better be King Louis, since he's going to be in this. It's the best choice for him! Plus, they can't make King Louis actually sound like Louis Prima anyways, so they might as well make him sound like Christopher Walken.

Dwarfman:
One of these days I'll have to pick up Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book and give it a read. Loved the Disney adaptation when I was a kid and I've watched the absolutely stunning - and much more serious - 1942 live action version - In technicolor no less!- nominated for four academy awards!

To be honest this looks pretty fucking amazing.

The book was dark and gritty so they are clearly taking ques from the book and not the cartoon, which is cool. Should be interesting to see how this plays out!

Also, Scarlet Johannson sounds fucking terrifying!

My big question is are they going to do the reversal of bagheera/baloo from the books to the animated movie (in the animated movie Mowgli ran away from the strict bagheera to hang out fun loving baloo, whereas in the book he ran away from strict/boring baloo to hang out with cool bagheera until he came to his senses). Other than that, why are they trying to make a Walken-voiced orangutan look like a menace? Yes apes are strong and could easily kill a boy but still, it's just too goofy to be a threat.

LegendaryGamer0:
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So, what, we're just pretending this one doesn't exist?

I remember being very scared of that movie as a kid. Lots of grisly deaths as I recall it.

Caramel Frappe:
I'm probably going to see it because it's got that "nostalgia" feeling to it without making me cringe. Nothing in the trailer made me facepalm so that's a big plus in my book. Hopefully it ends up great, or at least enjoyable ... I don't want it to suck especially since the Director of Iron Man is directing this movie too.

Also did they make the Python turn into a female? The voice sounds feminine to be honest.

It's ScarJo.
Kaa was male both in the book and the Disney movie.
Looks like they're making Kaa into a villain again. Shame cause he's an ally in the book.

Queen Michael:

Gotta tell you, peeps, this seems like it's going to be pretty damn cool. I just wish they didn't have to pretend that a kid raised in the wild would be so damn fastidious about wearing a loincloth. Not saying I want nekkid kids, just saying I like some realism.

I may be wrong about this as I have never run through a jungle naked but the idea sounds like a really good way to get random branches and bushes hitting you where you don't want to be hit. So there could be a quite practical reason he keeps the loin cloth around.

Queen Michael:
That movie had no more to do with the Jungle Book than The Lion King did with Hamlet.

Wasn't the Lion King essentially a version of Hamlet with the third act reworked to be less depressing?

All I gotta say is "obbi do, I wanna be like youuoouuou. I wanna walk like you, talk like you tooouoouoo"

Can't help it, I freaking loved this song as a kid

What rating are they aiming for? It doesn't *feel* PG13 to me, then again, movie trailers of late have seem to be very misleading.

Johnny Novgorod:

It's ScarJo.
Kaa was male both in the book and the Disney movie.
Looks like they're making Kaa into a villain again. Shame cause he's an ally in the book.

Could just be going the deception route with Kaa, make her(I guess...) out to look like someone untrustworthy and stuff in the trailer. But the actual movie is not quite as blatant, to cover for the help that might happen later towards the end. They have done it before after all.

I'm curious how it will go, I watched both the other movies and read the book when I was but a wee lad, but for the life of me I can't remember squat about it really. Except for Kaa, Bagheera and some British colonials.

Technically outstanding, I'm sure, but visually generic as hell. Not that the animated movie was amazing -I was actually sort meh about that one as well- but at least it had a shit ton of personality and charm thanks to the fantastic animation. This movie just looks realistic -No style or atmosphere, just realism.

So Ka's a female now?

Weird point, but my favorite moment of the trailer was seeing Bagheera fighting with Khan. Bagheera was perhaps my favorite character in both the Jungle Book and Jungle Cubs, in that he's probably the sanest person of the bunch, yet gets the short end of the stick all the time, whether it be Mowgli running away, or the other cubs making his life hell. Oh, and being voiced by Ben Kingsley is also a plus.

I actually think it look alright, I don't really see the "gritty" part to it as for one thing, it is colourful compared to the gritty grey or brown those grimdark media tend to have.

Hey don't forget there's the Andy Serkis directed Jungle Book Origins coming out in 2017.

Starring
Andy Serkis as Baloo.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan.
Christian Bale as Bagheera.
Cate Blanchett as Kaa.

JaredJones:
dunno, maybe I'm alone in thinking a movie about singing orangutans voiced by Louis Prima wasn't meant for the gritty reboot treatment.

Probably a good job that this isn't a reboot of anything then. Different adaptations of a book are not necessarily reboots of each other, any more than you could consider a Shakespeare performance to be a reboot of a previous performance. As it is, the "gritty reboot treatment" here actually appears to be a far more faithful adaptation of the source material than the Disney version, which really had very little to do with the book other than the character names.

Caramel Frappe:

Also did they make the Python turn into a female? The voice sounds feminine to be honest.

Hawki:
So Kaa's a female now?

At least among the constrictors, boas and pythons, female snakes are typically larger than their male counterparts. Gender-switching the large and long character makes sense to me.

Shinkicker444:

Johnny Novgorod:

It's ScarJo.
Kaa was male both in the book and the Disney movie.
Looks like they're making Kaa into a villain again. Shame cause he's an ally in the book.

Could just be going the deception route with Kaa, make her(I guess...) out to look like someone untrustworthy and stuff in the trailer. But the actual movie is not quite as blatant, to cover for the help that might happen later towards the end. They have done it before after all.

I'm curious how it will go, I watched both the other movies and read the book when I was but a wee lad, but for the life of me I can't remember squat about it really. Except for Kaa, Bagheera and some British colonials.

It's more or less like the Disney movie, except in the book Kaa's an ally to Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera's personalities are reversed (Bagheera's the laid back fun guy, Baloo is all about responsibilities), the episode with the monkeys is there but there's no King Louie or any one leader, Shere Khan is offed halfway into the book (by Mowgli), Mowgli's inception into human society doesn't happen at the end nor does it sever his ties with his animal buddies like the movie implies and generally there's a more episodical structure in the novel, which includes several stories that have nothing to do with Mowgli.

Kahani:

JaredJones:
dunno, maybe I'm alone in thinking a movie about singing orangutans voiced by Louis Prima wasn't meant for the gritty reboot treatment.

Probably a good job that this isn't a reboot of anything then. Different adaptations of a book are not necessarily reboots of each other, any more than you could consider a Shakespeare performance to be a reboot of a previous performance. As it is, the "gritty reboot treatment" here actually appears to be a far more faithful adaptation of the source material than the Disney version, which really had very little to do with the book other than the character names.

The internet commands me to point out that this is Disney making it, as both are Disney productions the Disney version doesn't make sense in context, Disney animation would be far better.

P-89 Scorpion:
Christian Bale as Bagheera.

"I want you off the fucking jungle, Mowgli! You and me are done professionally".

JaredJones:
Malick-ian visuals!!

Eh, no... Malick's visuals have soul and beautifully naturalistic photography captured in-camera and wholly on set, whilst this crappy CG-fest looked--- well, blandly CG.

Colour me spectacularly disinterested.

It did remind me that I don't own the animated Jungle Book, though, so that's a positive.

Unnecessarily gritty? I don't see it. It seemed just fine to me.

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