Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Between Sean Parker’s Screening Room and AMC’s tentatively proposed (and quickly discarded) texting-allowed policy, we’ve seen a lot of debate in recent weeks about the sanctity (or lack thereof) of the theatrical experience. Cinephiles will swear up and down that a pristine movie theater is the only proper way to enjoy a movie — and I tend to agree — but the truth is that for a lot of moviegoers, the drawbacks outweigh the benefits. Why fork over $100 for tickets and popcorn and a babysitter, put up with screaming kids and sticky floors, when you can just rent something from the comfort of your own couch? So what if you’re missing out on 3D and giant screens and surround sound?
Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book is the answer to that “so what.” It’s a technical achievement on par with Avatar and Life of Pi, the kind of cutting-edge stunner that actually justifies all the extra premiums and hassles associated with 3D and the theater experience in general. If you’re planning to see this movie at all, see it in 3D while it’s still in theaters. The film’s heart and humor will still be intact when it reaches home video, and thank goodness for that, but the magic of its special effects is on another level altogether. Read More »
The Jungle Book is arguably director Jon Favreau‘s most ambitious film to date. The filmmaker behind Iron Man and Chef reimagines the 1967 Disney animated classic on a grand scale. 98% of The Jungle Book is CGI, and bringing those environments to life, over a two-year process, was quite an undertaking for Favreau and all involved.
With the film, which was actually influenced by the likes of Goodfellas and classic westerns, Favreau tells a surprisingly intimate comig-of-age tale on a massive canvas. To learn how the director and his team came together to retell author Rudyard Kipling‘s story, read our Jon Favreau interview below.
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Back in 2008, Iron Man, for some, was a surprising hit. Marvel’s first film not only exceeded box office predictions, but it also surpassed fans and general audiences’ expectations. If the comic book movie didn’t do as well as it did, then Marvel’s plans, most likely, would’ve been squashed.
Besides helping to set up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, director Jon Favreau accomplished more than just that with his film. Below, Marvel president Kevin Feige reflects on Iron Man and how it influenced the rest of the MCU.
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Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
It seems like every week we hear of yet another live-action remake of an animated fairy tale in the works at Disney, and there’s a good reason for that: these movies are doing really, really well for the studio. Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella have all been giant smash hits. And The Jungle Book is already off to a strong start overseas, ahead of its domestic debut this weekend.
And, well, you can guess what that means. Disney is reportedly getting the ball rolling on a Jungle Book sequel, days before the film even opens in the U.S. The studio is looking to bring back director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks, because why fix what isn’t broken? Read More »
The Jungle Book‘s voice cast is stacked with talent. Sir Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, and more help bring director Jon Favreau‘s (Chef) ambitious, CG-heavy reimagining of the Disney animated classic to life. To learn how they did it, check out the recent The Jungle Book featurette below.
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Director Jon Favreau has been attached to direct Magic Kingdom for almost six years now. Since then, he’s made Cowboys & Aliens, Chef, and the upcoming reimagining of The Jungle Book. For whatever reason, this Disney project continues to sit on the sidelines.
Favreau is still attached to the project, and according to him, if all goes well for The Jungle Book, we might finally see it happen. Read his brief but promising Magic Kingdom update below.
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Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
A little less than a year ago, the very first footage from The Jungle Book brought the house down at Disney’s D23 expo, with critics raving about the “next level” animation. This past weekend, the first reviews from the full-length film finally hit theaters, and… well, it turns out critics still like it a whole heck of a lot.
Reviews range from fairly positive to really positive, but a general consensus has formed around a couple of elements: one, the 3D is some of the best we’ve seen since Avatar, and two, Idris Elba‘s Shere Khan makes for one terrifying villain. Find out what else the critics had to say in our Jungle Book reviews round-up below. Read More »
The most effective pieces of marketing for Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book have been the trailers and clips that focus on character instead of action. It’s one thing to create an entirely digital jungle full of photo-realistic animated animals, but it’s another thing altogether to make us care about those creatures and their sprawling home.
But if spectacle is what you want, the new IMAX trailer for the film has got it in spades. Running! Jumping! Smashing! Yelling! Fire! Etc.! The movie looks impressively huge. For those who want a something a little more low-key and charming, there’s also Bill Murray and Neel Sethi singing “The Bare Necessities” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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I may have shrugged at the earliest teaser trailer for The Jungle Book, the one that was 98% jumping through an unfinished CGI jungle, but I’ll give credit where credit is due: the past few months have made me genuinely excited to see what director Jon Favreau does with this material. The most recent trailer is brimming with personality and charm. Those photo-realistic animal characters really do look stunning. The first clip from the film showcased strong vocal performances, killer visual effects, and strong sense of place. Yeah, I’m on board. Never bet against a Jon Favreau movie, unless the words “cowboys” and “aliens” are in the title.
And now, here’s another new clip, just in case you need some additional convincing.
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Jon Favreau‘s last two major releases, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, were disappointments for some filmgoers. But after those minor missteps, the director of Elf, Zathura, and Iron Man quickly bounced back with his last feature, Chef. Now Favreau’s next upcoming film is The Jungle Book, which is possibly his biggest film to date.
Below, watch The Jungle Book featurette, in which the director and cast discuss the reimagining.
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