The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Booksynopsis

In an epic adventure directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johansson, The Jungle Book is “stunning” (Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter).

~ The Jungle Book

review

Wow! This has to be the best version of The Jungle Book I have ever seen, including Disney’s original animated movie. I almost cried at least three times because the scenes – I think because they involved animals – were so innocent, moving, touching, endearing. And the excitement at the suspenseful scenes was just as enticing!

Exceptional!

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Self/less (2015)

Self/less

synopsis

In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award® Winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.”

~ Official Movie Website

review

I knew I had rented this before! I must have fallen asleep during the first viewing…forcing myself to keep from dozing and repeating the process, I ended up enjoying this movie  from beginning to end. Perhaps it was the lack of Ryan’s skin on screen…

I don’t think the press this movie got was sufficient enough of a description of the plot. It just didn’t seem like it would hold so much weight. This could be attributable to the acting: Ben Kingsley & Ryan Reynolds, who’s talent breached the boundaries of imagination enough for an avid movie-viewer the opportunity to become involved with the story.

To be honest, the details of the story have already begun to fade from my memory, but I distinctly remember being impressed with the level of story-telling going on here.