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“The Jungle Book” a total biased review

Action/Adventure Drama Animation

Director: Jon Favreau

Actors: Neel Sethi

Voices: Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita  Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson

Based on ‘The Jungle Book’ by Ruyard Kipling

Language: English

A visit into the life of the inhabitants of the jungle, most of all Mowgli a ‘human cub’ left orphaned in the jungle, found by a generous Black Panther Bagheera(Ben Kingsley) and given into the protection of a wolf pack. Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is raised as a member of the wolf family along with the other wolf kids. The mother wolf Raksha (Lupita  Nyong’o) accepts him as his own child and Mowgli shares an endearing bond with all the wolves of the family. Born and brought up in jungle Mowgli has embraced the life of jungle and has come to live by the codes and etiquette of the jungle and has no interest in leaving his pack, let alone leaving the jungle and going back to where he belongs, but one member of the jungle doesn’t want him in the jungle. Shere Khan (Idris Alba), a ferocious scarred tiger will do anything to hunt Mowgli down. Mowgli has to sacrifice his family in order to save himself and the wolf pack from the wrath of the atrocious tiger Shere Khan. The hustle begins and so begins Mowgli’s journey of self discovery. He meets Baloo, a jovial layabout bear (Bill Murray) without whom the story is incomplete. He is a standout in the film, he encourages Mowgli to stay in the jungle and also makes the viewers giggle. He also meets Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) and King Loui (Christopher Walken) along the way.

The epic story of The Jungle Book written by Ruyard Kipling in 1890 is well-known and has many adaptations. This time the magic of The Jungle Book is recreated by Jon Favreau under the banner of Disney and this movie is not just a ‘bare necessity’, the reinvention is so electrifying and spellbinding that every frame of the movie is worth watching. Viewers have reasons in abundance to love this movie. The only living cast of the movie Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is amazing in every scene and doesn’t disappoint the audience. Iron Man fame Favreau has utilized animation to its best and the jungle came alive. The visual effects and animation team has worked very hard and the result is magnificent, it transports you to the jungle, when Mowgli is chased by Shere Khan you feel your own heartbeat increasing, when rains, shiver runs through your spine and when encounters Shere Khan, a part of you feels terrified. ‘Bare Necessities’ is enchanting and you will find yourself crooning this song while coming out of the theater, you can’t help it.

Rating (4.5/5)

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“Rocky Handsome”…neither rocking nor handsome

Action Thriller

Director: Nishikant Kamat

Cast: John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Diya Chalwad, Nathalia Kaur, Nishikant Kamat, Teddy Maurya

 

One man against all the drug mafias, organ traders and local gangsters of Goa. Kabir Ahlawat (John Abraham) is a highly trained merciless badass assassin who runs a pawn shop; Nayomi (Diya Chalwad) is an adorable kid with whom Kabir shares a special bond and her mother Anna (Nathalia Kaur) who is a drug addict club dancer and the two sinister brothers Kevin (Nishikant Kamat) and Luke Ferreira (Teddy Maurya) and Goa is the new Mexico, when Nayomi gets abducted on account of her mother’s mess up with the drug mafias, hell breaks loose and suddenly our hero turns into a killing machine and for the rest of the movie he is slicing and stabbing and making holes in the villains. Produced by and starring John Abraham, this movie has no climax, no script or even a story line, but surely it has some brilliantly choreographed and finely executed action sequences, but when compared to the Korean movie ‘The Man from Nowhere’, on which it is based, it falls flat on its face.

John has previously played similar role of silent vengeful hero in Force and Madras Cafe and performance-wise, this time as well he is honest with the character of Kabir Ahlawat and is amazing in the action scenes. Shruti Haasan has a guest appearance as Kabir’s wife Rukshida. Nishikant Kamat is superb as a villain and Diya Chalwad is flamboyant and impresses the audience. The supporting roles play their respective parts well. The music was also not bad.

This movie is a delight for action lovers but a trauma if you’re watching it for a sensible story and if you don’t like senseless violence.

 

Rating                 (2.5/5)