The Jungle Book (2016) – Nostalgia Critic



hello I'm the Nostalgia Critic guy remember it so you don't have to it may surprise some of you that I'm actually a huge fan of the jungle book no no not that one no no not that one either the actual book it's surprising how many people don't know there's a literary source to the jungle book the classic collection of stories by BR Kipling mostly tackled the ongoing separations yet parallels between abandonment and fostering law and freedom and the coming-of-age of balance between trying to belong yet also trying to stand out then this came along and became the funny monkey movie and before you go nuts I like this film fine the animated Disney adaptation had little connection to the best-known story from The Jungle Book Mowgli's Brothers but it was a cute little flick with some catchy songs and memorable characters and seeing how we're still in the middle of Disney's live-action remake month it only figures to talk about I'll just say it what I think is a weirdly beloved modern version so what most of these Disney remakes are big hits there's usually a fair amount of people who fight they can't get into what the movie is doing Jungle Book is one of the few exceptions sitting at 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and getting a reputation as the grownup version compared to the other ones only a complete asshole would dare badmouth it yeah I'm that jerk-off and not only didn't like it but really didn't like it surprisingly it's not because it wasn't enough like the book the original film did that and it was fine it's that it tries to mix the book and the movie by focusing on their least effective elements while leaving out what made the other version so memorable what are these elements well as your designated asshole I'm excited to expand on this different point of view among a sea of disapproving comments that's a good start let's take a look at 2016 Jungle Book suffers you might be wondering why the logo looks and aesthetically hand-drawn even though this is live-action especially when there's already a nostalgic Lee hand-drawn logo they're not using this is the confusing tone that all accompanied the next 90 minutes oh let's whisk it forward to the middle no wait this is apparently clever okay just starting us off in the middle of things I guess a lot of stories do that let's see what it adds you must be the very worst wolf I've ever seen oh we can fake out we all saw coming anything else I'm gonna take this talk about trees as know there is nothing else so why do we have this generic intro the opening to both the book and the animated film are simple straightforward and reveal a lot of character within the first few moments we know Mowgli is an abandoned baby a predator has the chance to kill him but doesn't creates a connection showing love and care and shows clearly that this is unusual and even risky yet they still take that chance on this connection but help with that nonsense we have the opening to u.s. marshals yeah remember that sequel to the fugitive you don't remember they start off with a bland action sequence with the main character that doesn't tie in to the rest of the movie a lot of shitty films do that but to be fair they don't already have a perfectly written intro laid out for them and I know it seems like a lot to harp on so early but the other intros really do suck you in it shows you who they are how they became this way and how their world works this one rather than showing you tells you when I found him many years ago it was just an infinite abandoned in the woods why entrust it into the wall the book had a lot of explaining about its environment too but it was done through Mowgli's eyes as the newcomer if he didn't follow these rules he'll die were emotionally invested here it sounds like what you study for a test Akilah was a just and Noble leader and the water truce was caught it was a rock show who raised him it had been many many years since the Peace Rock was revealed by law of the jungle drinking concrete for eating critic how does the law of the jungle go oh I pledge allegiance lost by the way see if you can tell which lines are from one of the greatest literary minds who ever lived and which ones are Disney writers trying to make their five-year-old laugh for the strength of the pack is the wolf and strength of the wolf is the path there's a rock that's my rock that's my rock the wolf that keeps them may prosper but the wolf that breaks it will die that's pretty hard to tell right at least the other one didn't even try they knew that lines like this I do not call you my brothers anymore but dogs I see that you are indeed dogs when mixed with lines like this they were saving the more grown-up version for the sequel Mowgli play by Neel Sethi forms a strong friendship with Bagheera voiced by Ben Kingsley until their credit everybody in this film acts fine even once chosen to act bad are surprisingly pretty good but we'll get to that in a bit the technology is very impressive too as it truly is hard to believe that all of this takes place inside a studio but the characters in world building are still very strange for example Scheer convoys by Aegis Elba comes to drink from the water on the day of peace it makes a little sense and isn't from the book but I'll give it a pass for at least trying this out adult a man-cub becomes man and man is this Shere Khan is odd in the original story he's a screaming bloodthirsty thug but still follow the laws of the jungle in the end of may 1 he's calm and sophisticated but does whatever he wants for the thrill of it here they tried to combine the two and it just doesn't add up he has an elegant vocabulary but he's always dirty and covered in mud imagine if the anime one looked like that he looked ridiculous you're trying my patience he also goes on and on about following the law of the jungle and then Mowgli should be killed because man is too dangerous but we'll get to that in a moment just remember I said that for now there's concern about whether or not the law abiding Shere Khan will not harm Mowgli it was a question that counsel had to face they deliberated and they argued for many days it was more interesting when they showed this discussion but school is not supposed to be fun of what they may call you you will always be feel free to return to share our incredible moments like hearing Bagheera talk about our incredible moments some Oakley agrees to leave to keep the Wolves safe but Bagheera says he's gonna take him to the man village which Mowgli doesn't want to go to Shere Khan separates them though as Mowgli tries hiding among the wildebeest stampede I saw another Disney film like this doesn't end well for the cat Mowgli gets away though which should make sure Khan happy seeing how he's finally out of the jungle but he returns to the wolves and well kills their leader and holds them hostage until Mowgli returns but should I have the man-cub these hills of my hills okay this brings me back to what I was saying before now this might sound like a dumb question at first but really think about it like actually think it over why does sheer Khan want Mowgli in the originals because he lives among them that makes sense he thinks he's gonna grow into a man and kill them in the anime one is for the thrill of the hunt he loves the challenge and smiles whenever he even hears the mention of man I'm going to close my eyes and count to ten it makes the chase more interesting for me here I don't really know if he can do whatever he wants like in the anime one why didn't he just get Mowgli at the watering hole nobody's stopping him from taking over the walls so nobody would stop him there if he follows the rules like in the book he just threw those out the window when he killed the Wolves leader and it doesn't matter cuz Mowgli is out of the jungle anyway there's no threat either way there's no reason for him to want this damn kid not in character motivation or logical survival I know they're trying to be the grown-up version but when the adult version can't answer why and the kid version can you're pretty much becoming DC but don't worry their version of Kai's sure to win you over yeah you remember him arguably pointless but so much fun to watch you wouldn't dream of filming a jungle book movie without him it was funny but also had the predatory creepiness to him I think we need the Pooh across with Herbert from Family Guy you don't want me to look at you I know what you're trying to do he had two lengthy scenes in the anime one so let's see what they do of him here well first of all he's a she now played by Scarlett Johansson poor sweet okay okay odd but see where they're going with this she for no reason I configure tells him that surecount killed his father then tries to eat him but it's knocked out by Baloo the bear and that's it no more calm under two minutes of no jokes no songs not even really any character but man does she use those plot points for hypnotizing people that leave no impression on our main character like he doesn't even bring up oh it sucks I sure can't kill my dad and it looks like he just forgets about it through most of the movie so which one is really better the silly little kid version that no one remembers or the super complex dark and gritty grown-up version what the hell are you people oh by the way is that the motivation for why sure Kyle wants Mowgli so bad he wants to go after the offspring of the man who burned his face uh he already killed the guy I don't see what going after the offsprings gonna do is he also gonna say screw the law of the jungle and my livelihood because I didn't get the son of an antelope or the daughter of a quail or the nephew of a zebra this is still dumb if this is it relax kid no need to get worked up okay so Bill Murray plays Bill Murray voicing a bear playing Bill Murray you owe me kid you owe me I guess his distinct voice can be a little distracting but if you never heard little John when watching the original you were lying to your soul as payback for a saving Mowgli's life but who uses him to climb up a mountain to get him honey telling him the bees don't sting you said back off man I'm a scientist so Mowgli decides to head to the man village yeah I guess he's okay with going there again and Baloo says he'll show him the way you can always tell by the red flower the red flower doesn't seem so bad yeah let it loose and it destroys everything it touches kind of weird how he calls fire the red flower but a moment earlier he used the word propaganda that's not a song that's propaganda guess they got a lot of Michael Moore movies in the jungle [Applause] [Applause] loulou convinces mowgli to stay with him in the jungle as they sing a familiar tune that's a song about the good life yeah and the other version they were on song three but I guess this is a good time to do our first I do like that Mowgli puts devices together to help get food it actually makes me realize how pretty useless he wasn't the anime one he even finds an elephant trapped in a hole and uses his ingenuity to get him out that's actually very nice scene but it's botched when Bagheera finds them both and tries to take Mowgli back to the man village you see when he tells Blu that Sher Khan is after him blue for no frickin reason lies to mowgli about why he has to go maybe it's time for you to mosey along we're buddies aren't me no we were never friends I mean I certainly never thought of you as my friend do I have to spell this out I don't want you around anymore okay look this Indian to me one is kind of lame too cuz Mowgli was being a brat but Baloo still tells him the truth and it's Mowgli's constant fear of the man village that drives him away in this version Blu convinces him to stay in the jungle Mowgli was actually gonna go to the man village even without Bagheera so why the hell doesn't he just be honest go to the village or sheer Khan will kill the shit out of you he only knows how dangerous he is in the original he's never seen him before but here he got attacked by him several times so yeah go to the man village come visit we'll hang out just like the original plan we had it turns out to not be fun for you I will walk you right down to that man villager myself just till winter there is no goddamn reason for this pitifully forced friendship breakup it's lazy it's done in a million movies to create a third act rip and it's lazy the book didn't need him lying the anime wanted to eat him lie but this one does because it's the grown-up version hey you know what's grown-up treating kids with respect and being creative in what you teach them you lazy assholes okay so what characters have a main appearance yet monkey that's right monkeys kidnap Mowgli and take him to a temple where King Louie voiced by Christopher you bet your ass they made this joke walkand resides who in all fairness actually kind of good an Ivan Koenig it's a totally different tone and attitude but it kind of works you man go you come from the south you know who I am I am the king of the bandar-log he's kind of like a mafia boss soft-spoken but intimidating he's threatening but also weirdly engaging you want to live here you need a people to protect you but just when you think this is something untainted by stupid don't try to kid me man come I'll make a deal with you oh my god is this happening I desire his man's red fire to make my dream come true you don't have to do this now give it a secret man commands red flag so I can be like you Oh will do okay so you might be thinking Kemah this song was in the animated one why not here because there is no other point in the movie that a frigging musical bare necessities is a song but not a musical number it's a tune Baloo teaches Mowgli and they sing it together this song is being used to speak and communicate it's replacing conversation and expressing motivation and it's the only one like it in the movie it's like if he had a full metal jacket when they sing Mickey Mouse Club they're just singing a song they all know after battle it makes sense but it's a drill sergeant broke out singing let it go and everybody joined him let me frigging goddamn ludacris this is that scene it's frigging goddamn Ludacris Balu comes in to create a distraction as Bagheera saves Mowgli but before giving him out Louie reveals that the leader of the wolves is dead she had come killed him again Bagheera could have relayed that information but we have to pretend this pointless scene wasn't a pointless scene because again Crudup version finding this out Mowgli sneaks into the man village to grab the red flower to fight off Shere Khan a few drops of it fall and I can see where the phrase spread like wildfire comes from because shit the whole jungles on fire in seconds okay this will literally have to go from this to this in a matter of a few minutes even wildfire doesn't spread like wildfire so the animals are now afraid of mowgli for starting the fire even his family but he throws out the fire which is the stupidest thing he could have done I was just doing this thing you've done right he destroyed their home you might as well use it for its original intent but the animals stand behind mowgli to say thanks for burning everything down and why the hell did we rise up to fight this jackass days earlier you owe it in my teeth so the animals rush in to take damage your Chi or blue just rushes in and everybody else just shows moral support what can we do we're just killer animals we can't fight those killer animals gets taken down though as everyone remembers oh yeah we can do something as Mowgli is told not to fight him like a wolf but fight him like a man fight him like a man you know what this scene needs buzzards that sound like the Beatles it'd be as inconsistent everything else lovey defeat Shere Khan through his inventive ways and he falls to his death he also manages to convince the elephants to put out the fires yeah they just dug holes with their tusks and let the water there don't give in how fast those flames spread half of India should be afire now and the animals honor Mowgli that night I saw something I'll never forget it's a little boy without a people bring all the jungle together for the very first time except for that other time all the animals came together which apparently happened so often you have a name for the place Peace Rock you could come to the peacefrog and find food people side by side don't dress this up Akira he set your home on fire and somebody else put it out he's the equivalent of a donkey kicking a lantern but okay you know the drill after all this talk of acting like a man fighting like a man and thinking like a man the time has come for him to gooo absolutely nowhere interesting change and just about every version he goes back to the man village because they build up that's where he belongs but this one doesn't do that why no goddamn clue I have no idea how this makes anything better the story and most of its forms is about accepting the responsibility of who you are and where you'll grow best but this one ends on an image just as lazy as the writing closing the exact same book used in the animated film because you know you just saw the animated film except this live-action similar guys I don't get this I know objectively this isn't an awful film if there were no bugs or other versions it'd probably just be seen as a passable kids flick but there is a book and a perfectly good animated film and nothing in this is better than either of those the original story is aggressive dark and full of great troops the animated film is cute charming and full of unforgettable characters this tries to combine them without realising what made them work on their own are you gonna remember any of these characters more than the animated one probably not or you can remember the language or lessons as much as the book I don't think the movie remembers its own language or lessons it keeps changing so much there's a rock that's my rock that's my rock I know there's no real harm and enjoying this film but leaving out what made the book and the animated versions so enjoyable and even important is a huge disservice to the storytellers who understand their medium and used it so cleverly whether it's a delightful little kids movie you'll return to more and more or an epic coming-of-age story or return to more and more this one will most likely be looked at less and less you know what I wanted me to do an authentic version of this book I want so authentic that the author's name is above the title not directed by the idiot who directed the mommy movie strength of a bear maybe this version isn't as bad as I thought and then it's our gonna guy remember it so you don't have to [Applause] hey Doug Walker here doing the charity shout out and this week we are doing child fun International founded in 1938 this is a global child 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29 thoughts on “The Jungle Book (2016) – Nostalgia Critic

  1. You forgot to mention that an entire pack of wolves would have ripped Shere Khan to pieces instead of cowering when he killed the alpha. 1v1 tiger wins, 1v20 wolves eat tiger for dinner.

  2. When he said that people were surprised that there was a book I expected The Dom to pop up in a surprise cross over cameo.

  3. If you want an adult version of the Jungle Book that is faithful to the book check out Netflix's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.

  4. I have q better shere khan his family was hunted by man and he's see mawgli grewing more and more smarter building machines like in this movie and he's afraid that mawgli will do the same to the jungle what happened to him

  5. I like this movie, but I can admit the problems with it. And I was surprised at the high percentage. This movie is nice, but 95 is way too high. That means it was better than every Indiana Jones movie. It is good, but not that good.

  6. The best part of this movie is Johanson being a seductive snake (minus the snake part that's normal) you could probably get an erection from, too bad it's nothing like the original kaa and she only gets one scene instead of two.

  7. At least it’s better than the 1995 version with a grown up mowgli. You’d probably like Mowgli on Netflix. What was that purple version?

  8. The song at the end of the animated movie was beautiful my own home .The book was very good I liked the 90s one jungle book live action more than the new live action fully agree the animated movie was good too.

  9. Still can't believe to this day that a movie with the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray and Idris Elba could be so "meh". In fairness, Disney have done some good remakes but the Jungle Book remake was nowhere near as amazing as people seem to think it is

  10. Um Doug people don't like this movie because it's more "grown up" they like it because it's closer to the book

  11. I can't these "live-action" remakes because the animal characters have no expression on their faces. Like at 7:09 when the wolf says "you will always be my son." If it weren't for the audio, you would have NO idea what emotion she has.

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