Tag Archives: Idris Elba

Film Review: The Dark Tower (USA, 2017) is tolerable for casual viewers but disappointing for die-hard King fans

Full disclosure, I have not read any of the Stephen King The Dark Tower series of books. As somebody who is unaware of the source material, I was going into the film adaptation of The Dark Tower with the simple expectation of wanting to enjoy a film, to be transported to another place, be invested in the characters and to be able to follow the story without being confused by any context I might be missing.... Continue Reading

Film Review: The Jungle Book (PG, USA, 2016)

In the last decade Disney has slowly but surely been churning out live action versions of some of its classic films and stories. There’s been 101 Dalmations, Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella to name a few. Now to add to that list is The Jungle Book, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story as well as Disney’s own animated film from 1967. But when you’re bringing a live action tale about the jungle to the big screen, this film takes a decided step away from the fantasy and goes for a darker realism.... Continue Reading

Director Jon Favreau on the themes, casting choices, music and lessons learned on The Jungle Book

We recently sat down for a surprisingly detailed discussion about Jon Favreau’s new project that’s about to hit Australian cinema screens – a live action version of The Jungle Book. In Part 2 of our interview (Look back at part one HERE), we discuss the themes, the casting choices, and music used in the film and ultimately what Favreau learnt from his experience.... Continue Reading