There has been a considerable amount of time since my last post. Life and work always seems to get in the way of fun hobbies such as this. Only something really substantial would make me take the risk of blogging at work while my boss is in his office. But something that important is about to happen. I think we all know what I am talking about. Yes…. I am of course referring to STAR WARS Episode 7! Continue reading Star Wars Episode 7: Nerds in Big Congregations
Whoever plans films should be fired because things are going to get really confusing really fast. Two movies based on the same story, The Jungle Book, are going to be released less than a year apart from each other. This occasional occurrence is not unheard of to happen in Hollywood. The two separate instances that come to mind are- White House Down/ Olympus Has Fallen (both movies about terrorists taking over the White House. Both released at the same time). The second one- I distinctly remember that myself, along with friends and family were very confused by this one- The Prestige/ The Illusionist (both movies about magicians in the early 1900’s).
These Jungle Book films are going to be far worse because it is the exact same story. The other movies I mentioned were distinctly similar- same plots-ish but at least they had different titles and had different characters. These Jungle Book films will have the exact same main characters and very similar stories no doubt. Imagine someone trying to talk about these movies…
Person 1: Hey, do you want to go see the new Jungle Book movie?
Person 2: Wait, which one?
Person 1: Ya, know. The new one.
Person 2: Which new one? Because I want to see the Warner Brothers one… Not the Disney one.
Person 1: Wait… What?! Which one is that?
See how that could get confusing?
Apparently they are planning on clearing this up by naming the films completely different things. One is going to be called “The Jungle Book” and the other “The Jungle Book: Origins.” Aaaah, yes. That is all cleared up now. So instead what appears to be happening is that each movie is trying to “out star” the other one. It seems each film is trying to collect the biggest names in the business to distinguish their movie.
Director: Jon Favreau, best known for the Iron Man films.
Mowgli: Neel Sethi, an adorable newbie.
Shere Khan: Idris Elba, best known for his roles in Thor and Pacific Rim.
Baloo: Bill Murray, best known for Ghostbusters, Ground Hog Day and crashing parties in Brooklyn (also if you don’t know who he is, we cannot be friends).
King Louie: Christopher Walken, best known for Deer Hunter, Catch Me if You Can and “more cowbell.”
Kaa: Scarlett Johansson, best known for kicking ass as Black Widow in various different Marvel films and We Bought a Zoo.
Bagheer: Ben Kingsley, who’s best known for being Gandhi in Gandhi, Enders Game and Iron Man3.
Raksha: Lupita Nyong’o, best known for 12 Years a Slave.
Director: Andy Serkis, best known for being Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and the new Planet of the Apes films, is making his directorial debut.
Mowgli: Rohan Chand, best known for his role in Bad Words.
Shere Khan: Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for playing Sherlock and making the internet go freaking crazy (including me, I feel not shame over this).
Baloo: Serkis, again.
Begheera: Christian Bale, best known for playing Batman.
Kaa: Cate Blanchett, best known for playing Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings and Elizabeth in Elizabeth.
Nisha: Naomie Harris, best known for playing Moneypenny in Skyfall and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
So with all the big names both studios have collected it looks like a good ole fashioned show down between Disney and Warner Brothers. I guess we will just have to wait and see who comes out on top.
This time of year is not only glorious because of the many fantastic holidays that happen right in a row, but also because of all the big movies that start coming out all at once. As I posted earlier, around a week ago, I went and saw Catching Fire (one of these aforementioned big films), but the very next day I was blackmailed, and emotionally manipulated, into going to go see Frozen (I have the greatest friends). Now you might be thinking to yourself “self, why is she so against going to see this delightful children’s movie?” My response to that inquiry would be that I have nothing against Disney movies, but that I have not been overly impressed by them lately. I think they serve their purpose to entertain children, and give enough story so that the parents taking them don’t gouge their own eyes out when they have to watch that same movie 30 times, but as a non-parent, single, young adult I saw no merit in spending my few remaining cents on such a film. But, as I said earlier, my friends know how to make me do the things they want, and I went to see this movie.
Frozen is the story of two young princesses. One has the power to create snow and ice, but she has yet to learn how to control her ability. At a young age she accidentally harmed her sister and after that her parents put her (a scared 8-ish year old girl) on lock-down, she wasn’t even allowed to play with her little sister anymore. Parenting at its finest, scare the shit out of an 8 year old, well done! Her parents die, she is crowned queen, but has a freak out and runs away. Her younger sister follows her in an attempt to calm her down, bring her back to the castle, and end the winter storm that she created, which froze the entire kingdom.
This film is still a typical Disney movie, it is light and fun for kids with the good guy winning in the end and the evil villain being vanquished. However, it did contain a few surprising elements regarding how these results came to pass, which I quite enjoyed. This film blatantly broke a few traditional Disney stereotypes and outright made fun of them in the process, which took me by surprise, and was accomplished in a clever and funny fashion. Also, Frozen was actually pretty funny all the way through, keeping all its funny moments and best scenes out of the movie trailer so that it would be a surprise for the audience. Overall Frozen is still your stereotypical Disney movie. Any audience member is going to know what they are in for, but I was pleasantly surprised with the humor of it, and the slight changes to the typical formula.