The Jungle Book
Let’s face it, our cinemas in today’s age are diluted with a multitude of superhero films which people are always lining up for, eager to see. But what about a movie that is ‘parent friendly’, for example, one that would entertain parents bringing their children to the cinema on the weekend to watch? Well, I believe that Jungle Book is the answer! I have personally found that not only is Jungle Book suited to parents and children, but interestingly, it’s a great movie to watch as well for couples. Yes, that’s right, if you’re the type of person who loves animals (that actually talk) then you’re going to be in for a treat. You and your girlfriend/boyfriend will be saying ‘Aww!’ multiple times throughout – trust me, because I did! They are just too cute! The first thing that popped into my head was how amazing the CGI visual animations were – it was simply on another level. All the animals looked extremely realistic. Sitting on your seat, you really felt that you were looking at real wolves, elephants, and monkeys. It was that compelling!
Coming into the movie, I was unfamiliar with the children’s story book so I didn’t know what to expect. However, I thought that it was such a sweet storyline – one of courage and companionship – it even made me shed a few tears during one of the scenes. Your children could definitely pick up many life lessons from the film which is a bonus. Things like: self-identification and finding yourself, friendship, family, boldness, as well as resilience are just some of the many important themes interwoven throughout the film. It could even make adults revisit these themes in their own life. This being said, though the movie was derived from a children’s book, it is definitely a movie that adults would enjoy too! Alluding to a point made earlier, the animals actually talk. The snake talks as well, unlike the one on Harry Potter! The tiger talks as well, unlike the one on Life of Pi. At first, this could get some taking use to. But after ten minutes or so into the movie, it becomes natural, and you realise the fact that they talk makes it far more interesting to watch and less sombre. Sometimes we need that type of fantasy to keep our imaginative juices flowing.
Reviewed by Linn Win and Sally for Pink&Sparkles
Bad Neighbours 2
Sorority Rising, picked right up where the first film in the franchise left off. As expected, I was treated to an overdose of debauchery and in this latest instalment – sorority parties. Just when I thought Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) couldn’t be outdone in hosting outrageous frat parties, Morgan (Chloë Moretz) steps right in and practically shakes the house apart. In this movie, we see the over-the-top parties and the comradery, but with one different spin. They’re ‘sorority’ led, held by Kappa Nu. I’m not sure if it was true, but apparently in the formal code of sororities nationwide in America, they aren’t allowed to host parties like their fraternity counterparts. If they want to partake in one, then they must somehow join in with the fraternity brothers. I did not know this! Throughout the film, there are certain scenes that will have you laughing regardless. I think that the combination of Mac (Seth Rogen), Kelly (Rose Byrne), and Teddy works in such unison. Without them, I feel that the franchise wouldn’t be. It’s like one of those cases where you watch a film, because of these cast members, and their own unique/specific humor has become so native and entrenched in the film.
One underlying theme that I identified was the idea of ‘value.’ The first example where we see this is with Morgan at the beginning of the movie. She just couldn’t identify with the ‘proper’ etiquette of the other sorority sisters. Simply, she just wanted to smoke weed and wear hoodies. This being said, she starts her own revolution, if you will, and thus Kappa Nu is born. We go onto find that in high school she was really resigned and didn’t have much of a social life. Now, she wants to be surrounded by people who can relate to her and want to do the same things as her. A second place where we see this theme of ‘value’ is where Teddy’s relationship with his fraternity breaks down once he moves out of the house. They find it despicable that he is moving in with the girls. On his first encounter with Morgan, he asked her whether it would provide her any value in him helping her to setup a scheme to pay her rent. Because after all, he says he wants to be of value to her.
This made me realize that in the real world, once the booze, drugs, and all else related to partying are gone – you just want to feel valued by those around you. You want to feel like you mean something to someone. I thought it was interesting how such a comedic movie could present this theme to me in such a way. It makes you feel that next time you’re around those you love or even those you meet for the first time, you should make it your mission to provide to them whatever value you can.
Reviewed by Linn Win for Pink&Sparkles
Featured Image of this post is by Chanel Henry-Win
We look forward to reviewing more films for you that we’ve enjoyed recently. Have a lovely weekend! xx