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Jungle Book an Update On the Animated Disney Classic

by Rachel Canzoneri

On April 15, a remake of the Disney classic The Jungle Book was released, opening at $103.6 million. For the most part, the movie has the critics raving!

The film not only received a 94% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, but The Guardian said it was a “pure delight” giving a ⅘  rating, along with Screen Rant’s outstanding rating of 4.5/5. Clearly, the film is worth getting excited over.

However, the movie received its fair share of negative reviews as well. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times said though the film “is lightly diverting, it is also disappointing” Dargis also called the movie “a pumped up version of Disney’s 1967 animated film, with more action and less sweetness.”

Perhaps the reason there’s so much debate over whether the movie is good or not is due to the fact that some prefer to call the move a “live-action” version. This is due to the fact that so much of the film was generated on the computer.

Another reason there seems to be controversy over the movie is because the remake of The Jungle Book contains less of the music and well-known songs people fell in love with in the original animated version. Matt Zoller Seitz of rogerebert.com supported the use of music in the movie, saying it “gracefully juggles the interests of parents and kids.”

Of course, there are some who simply believe the movie will be a let down because it’s a remake of the original film; they feel that not only have they already seen the ending, but the remake just won’t have the same excitement for viewers compared to when they first saw the animated version.

Junior Chanda Kaunda said “it’s cool they did it with real people,” jokingly adding “but the animals didn’t look as cute.”

My brother Chris Canzoneri said “it was an enjoyable movie; it related to the original but it also had new twists in it.”

I personally thought the movie was good overall. However, it definitely lacked the magic the original animated version had.