The Jungle Book (♦♦♦♦): Mowgli is a man-cub who has been raised by a pack of wolves. Despite working hard to assimilate the law of the jungle, he realizes that he is a liability to his adopted family when a disgruntled tiger sets its sight on him. Little does Mowgli know that he will have to tap into his resourcefulness and intelligence to survive in a world determined to turn its back on him.
The Jungle Book is a Disney production directed by Jon Favreau (of Iron Man fame). The dynamic camera work reveals the superhero roots of its director; the sweetness—without being too overtly sugary—, the playing mood with lighting effects, the happy ending, and catchy, danceable songs are Disney studios trademark. The combination of great cinematography, special effects, and a stellar cast lending their voices to mesmerizing animals—cons and villains alike—make this film a must-see for the whole family.
Demolition (♦♦♦♦): Financier Davis Mitchell loses his wife in a car accident from which he walks off unscathed. During his visit in the ICU, he inserts coins into a vending machine that doesn't deliver the product choice. Outraged, Davis writes several letters to the vendor's customer service department pouring his heart out. Karen Moreno, the customer service representative from the vending machine company, reads the letters, is saddened and intrigued, and makes contact with Davis. What ensues is a journey of healing and self discovery for both.
I'm having such a great streak with movies this year, that I don't know if lately the quality has increased along with the amount, or if I'm being more selective and getting lucky. Either way, I have rated three and a half stars or higher more movies this year before award season than in the past. Among the last film-lot I saw and liked very much was Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, and Chris Cooper in the leading roles.