Every Movie Has a Lesson: “The Jungle Book” and “Louder than Bombs”

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LOUDER THAN BOMBS

“Louder than Bombs” is the English language debut of Norwegian director Joachim Trier and his writing partner Eskil Vogt, best known for their 2006 Academy Award-nominated foreign language film “Reprise.”  Their newest work was a competitor for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Norway’s first since 1979.  Possessing a compelling rotation of inner monologues, the heavily dramatic film observes a fractured family of men dealing with the overhanging aftermath of losing their iconic matriarch.  (full review)

THE JUNGLE BOOK

By employing all of the bells and whistles of today’s digital effects and key frame animation, director Jon Favreau’s live-action reimagining of Walt Disney’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” sets its own stage very quickly to put adventure and peril first and foremost.  The groovy and memorable song-and-dance numbers from the original’s 1967 soundtrack are forever revered as the leading component of the traditional animated classic’s charm.  Those episodes of music have been trimmed from six songs to about two-and-a-half.  Ferocity steps ahead of frolic and you might ask yourself how you feel about that when you watch “The Jungle Book.”  (full review)

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