‘I’m not a man! But neither am I a wolf’ – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! How are well all this week? I hope so! Has anyone started their Christmas shopping? I have only just. I am feeling very behind already this year. So much to do and such little time. With all this stuff I have to do, I like to have things on in the background. So today’s review is just that. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle came out this weekend, so I thought I’d give it a watch. Without further ado, here we go!

Mowgli with his wolf brothers and sisters – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Netflix, 2018

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a 2018 fantasy adventure film directed by Andy Serkis with a screenplay by Callie Kloves, based on stories collected in All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling. 
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a fantasy adventure, both live action and CGI animation. It’s got an all star cast; directed by and staring Andy Serkis, featuring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomie Harris. When I said all star, I bet you weren’t expecting Batman and Sherlock alongside Gollum. 

The shooting of this film is pretty darned magical – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Netflix, 2018

It has received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the cast, visual effects, and Serkis’ passion for the project, but compared it unfavourably to the Disney film. But I don’t think this can compare to the other Jungle Book that came out this year. Also with an all star cast. That was cuddly and cute. This isn’t. I won’t go much into the plot, but this is not the story that Disney lovers will be used to. This is a dark retelling of the story we know and love. There’s no singing and no cuddly animals. They all look ragged and, dare I say it, evil. But it’s more like the original book.
For instance, there’s a really upsetting scene where Mowgli is forced to look at his killed-and-stuffed best friend when he’s in the man village. The camera pans between the two more than once, adding to the sadness of the scene.
There’s a lot of gore too, blood and bits are shown a lot. We see Mowgli and his wolf-brothers and sisters eating raw flesh on more than one occasion.

I think I enjoyed it better than the soft and cuddly version of the story. I am a sucker for films close to the book. And this is just that. It is an actual retelling, rather an a Disney-ifying. 

Have you seen Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle? Are you going to? Did you love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below telling me what you think!

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What I’ve been watching on TV, Summer 2018

Good Monday everyone! Just a quick one this week, as I’m super busy! Currently writing an MA dissertation and working alongside! It’s made my life a little crazy at the moment! I’m going to do a quick post about what I’ve been watching at the moment! As I’m writing, I like to have something in the background, which means a lot of tele (great view of it from my bed!) All of these shows are on Sky, as it’s what’s connected to my television! So either a terrestrial or Sky Atlantic subscription required for these! Without further ado, here we go!

SPOILERS AHEAD! 

 

Westworld, Season 2

 

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Westworld, HBO, 2017 – Present

Let’s start with a familiar one, shall we? Westworld is a crazy tv show about robots, which flashes back between the present, the future and the past (super over simplified, I know.) It’s based off of the original movie, but it goes into much more detail about the uprising of robot to human. We find out about the code Ford implemented in them, this season, and that he expected things to go this way. It’s a little confusing at times, and occasionally I watch this thinking “This is such a lovely story, but it can’t be told like this.” But honestly, it’s such a pretty show… I love it. People need to see it.

Humans, Season 3

 

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Humans, Channel 4, 2015 – Present

 

Still on the robot human relationship, Humans is about synths that live amongst humans. In this season, the orange eyed humans have taken over the jobs of the green ones, (a virus/code has given the green eyed robots humanity, and so the real humans have no one do to their chores anymore!
This is a show shows a big debate between humans and robots, if robots should be given the same rights as ‘real’ humanity. It’s very interesting to watch this unravel in a world set in the exact same year as ours. It’s very interesting to watch, and the parallels it draws to our lives. Again – give it a watch!

Patrick Melrose, Mini Series 1

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Patrick Melrose, Sky Atlantic/Showtime, 2018 

Patrick Melrose is the oddest tv show I have watched. An adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s books (which are based on his growing up) and stars some big British stars (Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Raine etc.), it is basically an hour a week of a drug addled frenzy. I paused halfway through as I was so unsure how I felt about it, but have carried on to watch the rest. It’s actually quite good now it’s in the last episode. Perhaps I wasn’t mixing well with it because I wasn’t alive in the 80s, so didn’t understand how his life was working back then? It’s quite a hard watch, with the amount of drugs and abuse that happens in his life, but has made me want to read the books! So that’s a plus, right?

The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 2

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Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu/Channel 4, 2017 – Present

This was big hype last year, and for good reason. I’m glad they’ve brought it back for another year – it’s a world that’s super interesting. I was worried in the first series that there would be some kind of agenda in the show, but there isn’t, which makes me super happy. It means that it’s approachable for everyone to watch! The dystopian world that Gilead is terrifies me. As a woman, the idea of being forced to have someone else’s child because I may or may not have commited a sin (these include June, the main character, who married a man who had been in a previous relationship, or another handmaid who was a lesbian). The religious elements to this show indicate how bad things can become if we just listen to one doctrine above the rest, putting books and laws before humanity, can be detrimental to everyone. It’s not just women that are oppressed either, men are too! Whilst women who were ‘bad’ are made into handmaids, men are forced to go off to war, a war which probably makes little sense to them! As with everything else – worth a watch!

Poldark, Season 4 

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Poldark, BBC, 2015 – Present

As with every other British woman, we are super happy when Poldark is back! Set in the late 18th Century, it tells the story of a man named Ross Poldark, who comes back from the American Revolutionary war to chaos at home! This season tells of the story of Demelza cheating on Ross (after he did the same to her last season). Both still love each other, but have struggled to be around each other, with temptation coming for them from every angle. I have loved this show since the beginning, and keep promising myself that I will watch it all the way through again! I can still recall the night that Ross and Demelza got together! I really hope that they do every book in the series (it’s an adaptation of the Winston Graham novels), just so I can get more of it. If you love a good bit of historical adaptation, then go watch!

There we go! There’s what I’ve been watching! I really recommend every show on this list, even if you just give them a go! You never know, you might love every episode!

Have you seen anything on this list? What do you think of them? Love or hate them? Leave a comment down below! 

‘I’m fluent in Google Translate’ – Dr Strange, 2016

I’ll be the first to say it, I struggle to keep up with Marvel’s films. I wasn’t really into comics when Iron Man came out, so in my head the character is a bit over-rated. I have seen Avengers #1 and #2, Antman and now Dr Strange. I had always wanted to see it due to it having Benedict Cumberbatch (who’s name I was sure was a fake name until 3 seconds ago when I wiki’d it). It was on Sky Cinema, so as I was at Luke’s house he decided to put it on.

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Strange learning how to magic with Mordo – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

Dr Steven Strange is a world renowned brain surgeon – the beginning of the movie shows him operating, while dancing to a 1970’s song I can’t remember the name to. Unfortunately, his career comes to a steaming halt as he has a car crash (after basically texting and driving! Don’t do it kids!) His hands become unusable; they shake uncontrollably and he undertakes multiple operations to become healthy again. All of these fail, his hands still shake and he is now out of money – he presumably had to sell the dozens of fancy watches he owned to pay for his treatment. He travels to Japan for “treatment”, Jonathon Pangborn (a man who had no use of his legs and can now walk) tells him where to go, and our valiant hero Dr Strange is born.

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The Eye of Agamotto, worn by strange as one of his legendary artifacts – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

He’s kind of thrown into the deep end. Without prior warning he’s told he has to basically save the world – be an Avenger for the mystical. The Ancient one basically decides that he’s the next messiah, even though she has powerful Mordo by her side, and tells him he has to save the world. Without giving too much away he does, and he uses that clever little Eye of Agamotto to do it. If it’s used too often the user happens upon a time loop and repeats the same place in time again and again and again.

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KISS HIM PROPERLY, CHRISTINE! The cheek doesn’t count! – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

My one issue? Christine Palmer and Steven not kissing. I spent most of the movie on the heights of sexual tension; looking at each other, making jokes about children (the Palmer-Strange / Strange-Palmer technique)
The one time she gives him a kiss it’s on the cheek! I was so mad! I like a good romance in a film, and I thought there’s was cute – exes who still work together and still obviously like one another.

All in all I really liked Dr Strange, and look forward to the next one. He’s probably one of my favourite Marvel heroes, he’s smart and arrogant but has a softer side about him. Perhaps his American accent will be better next time! Now I just need to watch all of them in order!

Check out the trailer below!

 

Have you seen Doctor Strange? What did you think? Did you like the character? What about his American accent? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016)