Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

d91c2f21-3199-4c68-b757-60635b94777eVampires have always been something I liked from the horror genre. There’s just something about a monster that’s incredibly charming and looks human but can potentially suck you dry of your blood in an instant, that’s makes my skin crawl. So, for this review I thought I’d go back to the classics and share with you me thoughts on a movie about the Daddy of vampires himself, Count Dracula.

As you’ve probably guessed this film is closely based on the Bram Stoker novel Dracula. If you’re not familiar with the story, don’t worry I’ll fill you in. A young lawyer Jonathan leaves his fiancée Mina in London, to travels to Dracula’s castle to do a spot of business with the Count himself. When Jonathan arrives at the castle, Count Dracula tricks him into staying. However, Jonathan soon realises he’s being held against his will, when he tries to leave. Dracula then decides to travel to London, leaving poor Jonathan to be fed on by his lady vampires.

Once at London, the Count starts feeding on Mina’s friend Lucy, all while trying to win Mina favour. Eventually Jonathan escapes from Dracula’s castle and the vampire ladies and makes it back to London. However unfortunately, Lucy dies and becomes a vampire. Now faced with numerous vampires, a man known as Van Helsing steps in to lead the hunt for Dracula and his band of lady vampires.

Yeah, there’s a lot that goes on in Dracula, but is the film any good? All I can say is, it won’t be for anyone. Like the book it can be a little heavy and strange at times, which may put off some viewers. But if you love the book, I could see you thoroughly enjoying this film. It very closely follows the book, only leaving out a few details and even tries to maintain the letter/journal feel of the book. The only thing is, I don’t remember the book containing as much toplessness as this film. But I guess it depends on your own opinion, whether that’s a good or a bad thing.

6aaef467-e576-48a0-bfa4-8f36fb1e8c27The portrayal of Dracula himself is pretty good in this film. He starts off looking creepy as hell, sporting the famous Butt shaped hairdo, and gives of some real psychotic vibes. He then transitions into an extremely charming and attractive man, but still gives off a bit of a creepy vibe and by the end of the movie, he loses his charm and become a super gross batman creature. That’s pretty true to the book. However, unlike the book, the film doesn’t explain why Dracula’s appearance changes, very well and pretty much takes for granted that the viewer would know the reason for this. On a more positive note, the Film’s Dracula was a lot less ranty than the book’s and doesn’t go off on a tangent as much.

I must admit that the special effects in this film are a bit dated. However, they still look kind of cool, especially the play with Dracula’s shadows. The pacing also seems a little strange, feeling slow and heavy at times and kind of rushed at other times. But considering how long the book is, you can forgive the pacing.

Overall, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is an okay film. It does have its problems, but as book adaptations go, it’s pretty good. Sticking very close to the source material and leaving out only a few details (most likely for time-saving purposes). The film may now seem a little dated now, but if you’re a lover of the book or Dracula himself, you will most likely enjoy this film. Leaving me to recommend it, to anyone mad about vampires.

Rating: 3/5

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Cold, Lost and Left with Sal (Comic Strip Chapter 4)

From seeing people go crazy over the smallest things the comment section of YouTube videos, I feel like I should put a warning before this chapter. Just in case someone gets offended at some very mild suggestiveness (emphasis on the word mild) and tries to scream at me in the comments. So here it is:

Warning: This chapter contains some very, very mild suggestiveness and the slightest show of skin (anime legs to be precise). If you are of an extremely sensitive nature and/or easily offended, you may want to refrain from reading this chapter. This comic strip is for entertainment purposes and not intended to offend.

Chapter 4: The Call of Home

This Comic Strip reads left to right.

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Hope you’re enjoying this comic strip and as always, Thanks for reading.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

Liebster Awards and So Much More (Part 3)

I took a wee break there from responding to award, to get the comic strip up and running. It’s up and running fine now, so time to get back on track with responding to them all. This time I’ve combined Liebster and Unique.

Liebster Award

img_5527I was nominated this time by the brilliant Moyatori. Thank you so much for the nomination. I very much appreciate it and think everyone should show Moyatori some love and go check out their blog.

Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the same award in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family
  • Ask them 11 questions!

Questions and Answers:

  1. What’s something you do under stress?

I doodle comical little drawings (like a T-rex destroying a building with its teeny-tiny arms or stick people doing weird stuff), to make myself laugh and distract my brain for the stress. It actually works really well, I would highly recommend it to anyone that feels a little stressed out. So, much better than giving yourself an ulcer.

  1. What’s your opinion on abstract art?

I love abstract art. Any piece of art that can grab peoples’ attention and have them staring at it in wonder, for a prolonged space of time, is truly amazing. There’s just something fascinating and very intriguing about abstract art.  (I also love Surrealism and Expressionism, for those same reasons).

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My attempt at abstract art. I call it Trippe Don Pain Tcans.

     3. What’s your opinion on poetry?

Saying that I’m from the land of saints and scholars, I also think poetry is amazing. It’s like wizardry with words. It’s kind of incredible how a few words used in a particular way, can be so emotive and thought-provoking.

  1. Do you believe in long-distance online relationships?

Unlike the tooth fairy, the bogeyman and underpants gnomes, I’m pretty sure they exist. Whether they work, probably depends the people involved.

  1. Do you think you should have a deeper understanding of your best friend or your romantic partner?

Not sure if you’d really want my opinion on relationships. I’m pretty much an idiot, when it comes to those sorts of things and once thought a good solution to this problem, would be to make my best friend, my romantic partner. Yeah, no surprise there, that didn’t turn out too good.26ec05f2-3a6e-4fd4-8161-55dba0b1df8b

  1. Favourite season and why?

Summer because it occasionally stops raining, the place looks very pretty with all the flowers in bloom and it’s not as cold.

  1. Which ancient civilization is your favourite?

The Incas. As a civilisation it sounds brutal as fudge and surreal with all the human sacrifices and stuff. But Glob, is it fascinating to read about, especially pachacuti (mad bas****). If you’re wondering who pachacuti is, here’s a little song to help you out.

  1. When do you think the world will end, if ever?

When the sun pulls the earth too close, to it great fiery surface. Causing the seas to boil and the land to become a fiery inferno. Killing every living thing on this earth. Eventually, the sun will obliterate our moon and rid the earth of it’s ozone layer. Under the pressure of our great fiery star, the earth will break and crumble into billions of pieces. Which will then be incinerated by the sweltering touch of the sun.
The good news is, that’s not going to happen for about a few more billion years, so we can all relax and forget about it.

  1. What’s the scariest horror movie (or any type of horror fiction) trope?

Anything with clowns. Clowns are just plain terrifying, with their sinister smile, showy clothing, big floppy shoes and creepy demeanour. I hate clowns, so much. Horror movies like I.T, can go fudge themselves because I won’t be watching them.1dd165fa-bd00-41e5-be68-90024e0a81cd

  1. If you murder someone, how would you dispose of the body?

Wow, this has taken quite the dark turn.
I guess I would try to necromancy them back to life while crying like a b**ch, because it would kind solve two problems at once. Firstly, no one would be dead and secondly, there would be no body because it would be up and walking about.

  1. If you murder someone, how would you commit the murder?

I’d kill them with kindness. I’d make them so happy that their heart would explode with joy.

UNIQUE BLOGGER AWARD

unique-blogger-awardThe Fantastic The Spooky Red Head nominated me for this award. Thank you The Spooky Red Head, I appreciate you nominating me very much and also think everyone should show you some love by checking your blog out.

Rules:

1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
2. Answer the questions
3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award
4. Ask them 3 questions

Questions and Answers:

  1. What’s that one song that you like, but you refuse to admit that you do like it to anyone?

Love questions like this, because they really get you thinking about how cringey you want to go. I’ll be kind this time and not go to a painful cringey level, by choosing the Pokémon theme song.
In my defence, this song is awesome to exercise to or do anything to. It just so Glob darn motivational. Definitely my go to montage music.

  1. If you could pick your own first name, what would you choose to call yourself?

Hmm…. this is a tough one. I’m not sure if any other name would suit me, but if I had to pick a name, I’d change it to my nickname, Nel or Nelly.

  1. Do you have a favourite quote?

I have loads of favourite quotes, but my favourite Irish quote is:
“Níl sa saol seo ach ceo, is ní bheimid beo, ach seal beag gearr.”
– The Secret of Kells

Translation: “There is nothing in this life but mist and we will only be alive, but for a short time”. Or- “This life is only a mist, and we will live, but a little short time”. Either translation is acceptable.
It doesn’t translate that well, but when spoke in Irish it sounds a lot sweeter and more beautiful. It’s basically the Irish version of life’s too short to be worrying about silly things, what happens, happens.

Nomination:
I still have a handful more of awards to respond to, so I’m going to leave nominations until I get to the end.

Hope you enjoyed this post and as always Thanks for reading.

Cold, Lost and Left with Sal (Comic Strip Chapter 3)

This chapter is a little more serious than the last 2 chapters. I figured, if I’m going to make this a regular part of this blog. I should do a little backstory, to how Luke and Sal ended up together and should give the story a little more direction. I’ve still tried to add a little humour to the chapter. Hope you enjoy.

Chapter 3: Twinkle Twinkle Little Drone

This Comic Strip reads left to right.

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For Chapter 1 Click Here!
For Chapter 2 Click Here!

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Part 3)

thumbnail_c299d47c-f538-4f70-88a4-3114eb1a231eIt’s been a long time coming, but finally I can bring you my review for part 3 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. So, what took me so long? Without going too far into personal things, a lot of family stuff happened and I had to deal with/sort out a few things, leaving very little time for anime (or any other type of entertainment). Everything’s a little less hectic now, so I was able to finally finish part 3 and bring you this review.

So, what happened in part 3? Well, there was not as much butt whooping, but we did learn a hell of a lot about alchemy, the Homunculus, Papa Humpy (Father), Ed’s and Al’s father (Van Hohenheim) and the country’s history. Also, King Bradley has taken everyone hostage and is holding Colonel Mustang in a figurative headlock. Ling Yao has turned into an evil creep (I predicted that one). Ed and Al have joined the Night’s watch and gone to the Wall. Sorry I mean they’ve travel north to the icy Fort Briggs, ran by the most awesome anime woman ever, Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong.

Papa Humpy gave birth to a beautiful baby Gluttony through his boobs (it was a very confusing, disturbing experience) and we finally met Sloth. Who is like a giant annoying meerkat, that thinks everything is a pain. Also, Selim Bradley has shown his true creepy nature (predicted that one, too). Bebop and Rocksteady from teenage mutant ninja turtle showed up, for a fight with Scar and I’ve just realised, Ed and Al remind me of Asterix and Obelix from Asterix (or The Adventures of Asterix).

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The exact face I made, when Papa Humpy gave birth to baby Gluttony

As you can see an awful lot happens in part 3. But to be honest, this has been the least enjoyable part of the anime, so far. Don’t get me wrong, I still very much like this anime. It’s just that it’s starting to feel like they’re dragging things out a little too much. Causing me to slightly lose interest in some of the subplots. However, after 39 episodes that’s to be expected, I just hope part 4 manages to recapture my attention again.

On a more positive note, they’ve really laid off the depressing juice in part 3. Aside for Van Hohenheim background story, which had me fighting back the tears (it was very close but I remained dry-eyed). Part 3 was more upbeat and felt more geared towards providing answers and capturing the viewers’ attention, with weird creepy things and a twisted corrupted military.

The animation and characters are still as entertaining as ever. The animation has somehow managed to become even funnier (which isn’t an easy thing to do, so hats off to the animators). The characters have also become that bit more enjoyable and relatable. Particularly, the Ice Queen- Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong, who is now my favourite anime female. She’s so ruthless and tough, but also has a sense of fair play about her and hidden caring side. Her character has really won over my heart (not in a romantic way, more in a “I like the cut of your jib” way).

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Evil Ed Dancing

Opening wise, compared to Hologram, part 3’s opening (Golden Time Lover) is a real improvement. It no longer sounds like elevator music but was upgraded to caller on hold music. It’s still not great but it’s a move in the right direction. Thankfully, part 3’s ending more than makes up for this.

Overall, even though part 3 wasn’t as good as the 2 previous parts, it was still very enjoyable. Being very information heavy, it’s not the kind of thing you could easily binge watch. However, in saying that I still really love this anime and will definitely watch it to the end. The only down side is, when I finish Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I’ll have to find another great anime to review, which might prove hard.

Rating: 4.9/5

Predictions:
Things are about to get scary because so far, I’ve made 10 correct predictions. Have your tinfoil hats at the ready and prepare for dark times ahead, as I make even more predictions about the final 2 parts of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood:

-Firstly, there has been a little too much attention drawn to Al’s body in part 3. Ending with Al’s body calling out to him as he struggles through a blizzard. Making me think that somethings going to happen to his body. For that reason, I predict that Papa Humpy or King Bradley will find some way to use Al’s body for evil. For example, put a Homunculus, evil spirit or something along those lines, inside it.

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This post ended up a lot longer then expected. So, lets recap on this cute drawing.

-From the way Papa Humpy was talking, Papa Humpy and Van Hohenheim should be around the same age. However, Papa Humpy looks considerably older, so I predict that creating Homunculus costs Papa Humpy some of his life/immortality and makes him grow older.

-I foresee Papa Humpy and Van Hohenheim being some type of god like creature.

-Also, Ed and Al will turn out to be their father’s (Van Hohenheim) own type of Homunculus or they’ll be same the species as him. (The gold eyes make me think that)

– Van Hohenheim is going kick Papa Humpy’s butt and either him or Ed will be the one to kill/destroy him, in the end.

-Scar and Winry will become best buds.

-Scar’s definitely not making it to the end of this anime alive, so I suspect he’ll die saving someone else. Possibly Winry, Ed or May Chang.

-For dramatic effect, it’s better if Dr Marcoh’s group in the tunnels get caught. So, I predict that’s happening.

-Also, those two Chimeras will betray Dr Marcoh’s group. They’re acting way too cheesy for that not to happen.

thumbnail_9f4c51f9-efd8-4735-b47a-af1847c01e07-Al’s armour is starting to reject him, so I think his soul will end up trapped somewhere, causing Ed to have a major freak out.

– The Ice Queen- Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong, will be hauled away to central. I really can’t see King Bradley letting her stay at the fort, in a position of power, without having some level of control over her.

-The Crimson Alchemist (Kimblee) will die next (Just because I don’t like that character. He gets on my wick).

– My complete shot in the dark prediction, is that the Transmutation circle isn’t used to make a Philosopher’s Stone but is used to make another of the same species as Papa Humpy and Van Hohenheim.

-The White Walkers will bring down the wall with their ice dragon (oops wrong show).

-And of course, Ed and Al will get their bodies back, but that’s been completely obvious from the start.

Also, the predictions I still stand by from in part 1 and 2 are:
– Colonel Mustang isn’t going to making it to the end of this anime alive and will be the one who kills King Bradley, in the end.

– The creature made when performing human transmutation, is actually that shadow thing/God called Truth.

Cold, Lost and Left with Sal (Comic Strip Chapter 2)

Chapter 2: Splinter

Like the last chapter, this Comic Strip reads left to right.

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Anyway, Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the next chapter.

To read Chapter 1 Click here!

So, I Made A Comic Strip

(Apologies for the lateness of this post, I was experiencing some technical difficulties, impairing my ability to post).

I’ve decided to take the plunge and try out the first of my ideas for this blog.

That’s right, I’ve created a little comic strip. It’s called Cold, Lost and Left with Sal, but I don’t want to ramble on, so I’ll explain how the comic strip is read, set the scene and leave you to enjoy it.

It reads left to right (Sorry if that’s disappointing, my brain would have exploded, if I tried to write/draw it like a manga). To make it easier to read, I’ve used block capital but in case you can’t read my rubbish handwriting, I’ve also put the dialogue below each page. Hope you enjoy.

Cold, Lost and Left with Sal
After a mysterious event, nearly all humans disappeared from the face of the earth. Now seemingly the only two people left on earth. Our main characters, the sensitive Luke and the peculiar Sal, must roam the earth trying to survive.

Chapter-1: All that’s left

thumbnail_20180423_094523Page 1:
Sal (the character wearing the crown): Thanks for waiting Luke,

Sal: I…

Sal: Here…. You’re going to catch a cold.

Sal: We don’t know what exactly happened, that day.

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Sal: There’s still hope of finding them.

Sal: Come on. We better get moving.
I have good news

Sal: The town’s only about 2 miles away. If we make it before night fall, we can sleep inside for once.

Luke (the spiky haired character): Sweet.
Hmm… wait. Sal, won’t you get cold without your blanket?

Sal: It’s okay, I’ll find another. If I get cold before then, I’ll just cuddle a stray dog or something.

Luke: Hehe… Gross

Sal:  If I get ticks, I promise to share.

Luke: You could always cuddle me!

Sal: No chance. I’d rather take me chances with the dog.

 

So, that was my first attempt at creating a comic strip. Hope you could read everything okay. Being dyslexic and having dyspraxia, spelling, grammar and handwriting are my weak points. So, apologies if you couldn’t read the comic strip for any of those reasons. The good news is, I’ve drawn the next chapter digitally and it looks hell of a lot better.

This has been one of those posts I’ve been uncertain about (so far out of my comfort zone and the technical difficulties didn’t help). But it was really fun to make, so I plan on making at least a few more chapters and we’ll decide from there, whether to keep this as a regular thing or not.

Thanks for reading. I’m off now to attempt to bring you the second chapter of this comic strip.

A little update

cropped-thumbnail_85e9e794-0e59-4276-ad93-d33c3b7a4d6014.jpgSince I’ve finally updated my header image, to this drawing of a cute little vampire (inspired by my niece’s “I see you” face), I thought it would be a good idea to do a little update post. Before I try out a few new things and cause confusion.

But before anyone gets too excited, don’t worry I’ll still be doing reviews, creating art and finishing the Fullmetal alchemist series (when I eventually get time to finish part 3. It’s been tough, finding time for anime 😥 ).

Updates

Due to a few recent changes that’s left me with less time for blogging, I haven’t been able to post as regularly as I use to. This has been bugging the fudge out of me, so I’ve come up with a few little solutions to try out, that are listed below.

Possible solutions:

– A Comic Strip
Something I’ve always wanted to do but lacked the confidence to do so. I could do with a little more self-belief, so I’m going to try my best and create something worth reading.

-If the comic strip idea plops, then I might try illustrated Storytelling posts.
Similar to the comic strip. However, each post would be a different story, rather than a continuous story.

-Challenge posts
Not like blog tags, more like those fun art and 30 days challenges people do.

– An Art series
Basically, a series of fun themed art posts. For example, transforming horror movie monsters into something cute and cuddly or drawing a line from a song.

I’m planning on trying out at least 3 of these ideas and whichever one people seem to enjoy most, I will keep as a regular thing on this blog.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of these solutions in the comments below.

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Something to motivate me, to do the Comic Strip

The Peony Rose Rabbit (Paint with Me)

thumbnail_20180404_173344I am a woman in a mission this week. That mission being: “inspire some of the beautiful people on WordPress to mess about with paint.” (that’s an awfully long title, so we’ll shorten it to “Mission Paint with Me”.)

So, what does this mission entail you ask? Well, it’s simple. I create a montage, where I climb a really tall mountain with a bunch of art supplies, tied to my back. When I get to the top, I jump and punch the air and everyone is so inspired by this act of art enthusiasm, that they immediately run off and start painting on the first paintable surface they find.

Okay, I’ll stop my messing and tell you what I’m really going to do. I’m going to make a tutorial using my rabbit drawing, to show everyone a nice and simple way to use acrylic paint.

But before we get started, I should warn you that acrylic paint can stain tables or other surfaces, so it’s best to put an old table mat or paper down before you start (I learnt the hard way and now my table mat has blue stripes). Right, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started:

thumbnail_20180328_174725Step 1: Draw yourself a rabbit and a flower.
It doesn’t have to be perfect or a masterpiece. But if you’re having trouble, find something round to draw around and try making a little cartoon round-head rabbit, instead.

Also, don’t worry about erasing guidelines, if you’re sketching. The paint will cover them and you won’t be able to see them.

thumbnail_20180328_184125Step 2: Line your drawing and give everything a pale under coat of paint.
At this point, I would recommend going over the outlines of your drawing with paint, because it’s very easy to lose the outline under layers of paint, which can be so frustrating.

As for the under coat. It’ll help you plan the colours of painting, help build colour and make it easier to control the paint in the next layer.

After this step its best to let the paint completely dry.

thumbnail_20180329_181248Step 3: Paint the background.
It might seem strange starting with the background, but this allows you to paint closer to edges of your drawing and makes painting the background a lot easier.

If like me, you get distracted and get green paint on the rabbit, don’t panic. It can easily be corrected by waiting for it to dry, then painting over the area with a little bit of white paint.

Tip: If you’re using more than one colour on the background, keep in mind how the colours mix together. For example, I used 2 shades of green, lemon yellow and Pink. So, I had to keep in mind that if the pink mixed with the greens it would turn a brown colour.

thumbnail_20180329_181340Step 4: Paint the Flower.
If you want to try to capture light and shadow, you can lighten the pink with white and darken it with red. On the leaves and stem try using the yellow with the greens, to capture light.

If you find that too difficult, don’t worry. Instead, try painting the leaves and flower petals in a way that shows their shape (meaning, paint them so you can see the leaves and the flower from the background).

Let everything dry completely before moving on to the next step.

thumbnail_20180404_172917Step 5: Paint the rabbit.
Again, you can try capturing light and shadow. But if you find it too difficult, try looking at a picture of a rabbit and painting the lighter and darker parts of it’s fur.

At this point, don’t worry about making the paint look like fur, that happens in the next step. This step is more about building colour and capturing light and dark.

Tip: If you accidentally got green on the rabbit back in step 3, pay a little extra attention to those areas. To make sure they blend in with the rest of the rabbit.

Let the paint dry.

thumbnail_20180404_173424Step 6: Attempt to paint the rabbit’s fur.
This is probably the hardest step of this painting. I find this step difficult too, so don’t feel bad if you can’t do it. It can be kind of tricky to get right.

YouTube and books recommend using little brush strokes, to paint clumps of hair rather than individual hairs and use references pictures of rabbits.

That mightn’t be much help to you. So, the additional tips I would give you are, look at fur first hand (I took a trip to the pet shop to look at rabbits’ fur. They were so cute), try capturing the direction the fur grows in and try capturing the light changes in the fur. Hopefully that will be of more help to you.

 

So, that was my painting tutorial of The Peony Rose Rabbit. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it and if you were following along, hopefully now you’ve got your very own lovely painting of a rabbit and flower.

If you have thing questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below. I’d be happy to answer them as best I can and as always, Thanks for reading.  

The Jungle Book (2016)

thumbnail_f256818e-292d-4bc9-9033-81e02c0306bbAs Disney films go, The Jungle Book has always been one of my favourites. Out of all the Disney movies I watched as a child (which was a lot. I was a 90’s kid), The Jungle Book had the best soundtrack (followed closely by Mulan) and would really get you up and singing along. It’s pretty hard to believe that anyone could resist singing along to The Bare Necessities.

Watching the live-action version of a childhood favourite has put me in very sentimental mood. So, I thought since I’m sitting here reminiscing about the days of The Rugrats and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I might as well make this movie, this week’s review.

The storyline to the live-action film, is pretty similar to The Jungle Book (1967), I watched as a child. A baby boy (Mowgli) is left alone in the jungle and is raised by wolves. An old bigoted tiger (Shere Khan) shows up one day, notices Mowgli the man-cub and decides he doesn’t want any man-cubs in his jungle. So, demands the man-cub be given to him, so that he can kill him (Glob, that’s actually rather dark and twisted). Mowgli doesn’t want to endanger his wolf family, so sets out to return to the man village, escorted by his panther friend Bagheera. However, things do not go to plan and Mowgli ends up going on an exciting adventure through the jungle, meeting a range of eccentric animals on his journey.

thumbnail_3b0b1417-ea85-4d73-8fcc-d9fe415a14faThis film is very CGI, with only one non-CGI character (Mowgli). The rest of the characters are CGI animals, which in my opinion were done very well. Granted you could tell they were computerised, but they still looked really good and moved like the real animals (not like some films, were the animals move like robots). CGI King Louie, even managed to thoroughly creep me out and will forever haunt my dreams. He was like a terrifying ginger King Kong, that disturbingly wanted people’s red flower.

To be honest, I was surprised by how good this live-action Jungle Book was. It managed to capture the fun of the cartoon 1967 version, without making any of the characters seem too over the top. They even had a few of those great songs from the cartoon version, which was a very nice touch to the film. The Jungle Book without “The Bare Necessities” and “I wan’na be like you”, just wouldn’t have been the same and just wouldn’t have been as enjoyable.

thumbnail_9eb92bf9-5fff-4110-91af-10eb8367882cHowever, one thing I do have to say about this film is, it’s a hell of a lot darker than the 1967 version and has more action scenes. Although, in my opinion this just sets it apart from the other versions of The Jungle Book. The only other small negative, is that Neel Sethi (Mowgli), acting isn’t that great at times. But considering how young he is and the fact all the other characters are CGI, I think this can be over looked.

Overall, the live-action Jungle Book (2016) is a rather enjoyable film. It has the fun of the 1967 version, while still managing to set itself apart from that version. Granted it was a bit dark and creepy, at times and that King Louie would look at home in any horror movie. However, the film as a whole is good enough over look this, if you dislike the dark and creepy. Personally, I still prefer Disney’s 1967 version of The Jungle Book, but I would say that this live-action version is worth watching, especially it you’re a fan of The Jungle Book.

Rating: 4/5