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I AM OFFICIALLY CONFUSED.
…yes. At least it’s been a while since I’ve posted about it this time. But, yeah.
You see, I knew that Disney had been going through live-action reboots of their old classics. And I knew that Jungle Book was one on their list. And if I hadn’t been so distracted by the upcoming release of Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson as Belle, I would probably have been a little more excited about it when I first found out.
After all, the animated version was a fun kids’ movie, with some delightfully cheerful music. And the book had a similarly whimsical tone to it. Granted, there was definitely some slightly darker material, but overall it was a kids’ story. Kipling is like that.
And now the new trailer is out.
Have you watched it yet? I’ll wait.
So, done watching?
My question is this: WHAT DOES DISNEY THINK IT’S DOING WITH THE STORY?
THAT TRAILER IS DARK AND LOOKS LIKE IT’S HEADING TOWARDS A PG-13 RATING!!
I mean, seriously.
Here are some reasons I expect a PG-13 movie, judging from the trailer.
1) The whole thing is narrated from Kaa’s perspective. That’s instant creep-factor right there. (Nice going having another female villain-y type person, though…)
2)The setting looks intense. They used a live-action TIGER. As the VILLAIN. (In Life of Pi, at least the tiger was a semi-protagonist… or something.)
3) They’re STEALING A LOT FROM PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. First, they point out that it’s from the same studio. THEN they use pretty much the SAME STYLE OF MUSIC. Down to some of the SAME MOTIFS. Seriously! LISTEN TO IT!
So, yeah. This looks like it’s not exactly going to be the little kids’ movie that the animated version was. Or the whimsical kids’ story that Kipling wrote.
Even so, it might be a good movie. Just… not the one I was (am?) expecting. I’m not sure. Disney kindof also did the whole bait and switch thing with Maleficent, with making it look dark and then still having it be pretty much a cheesy kids’ movie.
And they ended it with a whistling of Bear Necessities / Bare Necessities. Which… really didn’t fit the tone. O_o But whatever. Their trailer. Not mine.
Yeah. So, I’m really not sure what to think, besides, “WHAT THE HECK?!?!”
It could be interesting.