Release date: 15 April 2016 Certification: PG Running time: 105 min Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o.
The latest in a slew of re-imagined Disney classics, The Jungle Book has a bigger weight of expectation than Maleficent or Cinderella. Favreau has cannily decided to keep some of the elements that made the 1967 interpretation so memorable, including the songs, but has taken a U-turn in terms of atmosphere to give the jungle a more sinister edge. It would be easy to lump this is in with the whole ‘darker, grittier’ mantra which has dominated many more recent remakes, but to do so here would be a disservice to what is a quite remarkable piece of filmmaking.
Unlike Easter, New Years Day or the summer solstice there’s a wealth of Christmas themed films. Ranging from the saccharine Miracle on 34th Street to the bitter Bad Santa, there’s a Christmas movie out there for every taste. So, in the run up to Christmas, we got our writers to tell us about their personal festive favourite. Next in line is Sophie Watson who shares her love of Bill Murray’s 80s revamp of Charles Dickens, Scrooged.
Release date: 5 December 2014 Certification: 12A Running time:102 min Director:Theodore Melfi Cast: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, Jaeden Lieberher, Terrence Howard
Known and loved primarily for his idiosyncratic brand of off-beat comedy, Bill Murray’s output in recent years hasn’t exactly been his finest. Aside from popping up in a Wes Anderson flick once every couple of years, he seems to spend the rest of his days playing golf and surprising unsuspecting members of the public in increasingly bizarre and glorious ways. He quite clearly just isn’t bothered which, to be fair, is where so much of his appeal lies. On paper, St. Vincent is a fitting movie for this stage in his career. Playing a cantankerous, mean-spirited old man who begrudgingly takes a young boy under his wing, this is basically Murray’s Gran Torino. Only less funny. Probably. … Continue Reading
It’s December! Christmas is officially here and along with it comes about a million Christmas themed films, mini series’ and TV spots: the perfect accompaniment to stuffing your face with festive goodies. It’s okay, you’re just training for Christmas Day and I’m sure you’ll work it off in the new year. I don’t know about you, but I always watch the same stuff when the holidays roll around. For me, it’s not Christmas until I’ve seen The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, what I understand to be the best adaptation of the popular Dickens novella. Not that I’ve tested this myself, refusing to watch any other version since there are way too many to watch them all. But I’ve finally acknowledged that this is a strange prejudice and in this season of goodwill I really should be more open to change. So that’s how I finally ended up watching Scrooged. As a modern adaptation, I figured it would be different enough to be engaging instead of the same old story and with Bill Murray at the helm, it looked to be a good call. How wrong I was…