The Jungle Book
The main character Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi, is raised in an Indian jungle by the wolf Raksha, the wolf pack headed by the alpha male, Akela.
He was brought to the pack to be raised and looked after by Bagheera the Black Panther when his father is killed by Shere Khan the tiger – the animated villain of the movie.
As Shere Khan is intent on killing the “man-cub” Mowgli as well, he decides to leave the pack in its interest and for the safety of the entire pack and Bagheera accompanies him in his quest to find the nearest man village.
En route Bagheera is attacked and injured by Shere Khan but Mowgli makes good his escape. He encounters the python Kaa on his way and is hypnotized by it which makes him hallucinate about his father being mauled and killed by Shere Khan. In his hypnotic state, he also sees the power of fire the “red-flower.”
Kaa’s attempt to devour Mowgli in his unconscious state is thwarted by Baloo the bear who bonds well with him in the adventure until his hibernation time (winter) arrives.
Bagheera later reunites with Mowgli and Baloo and is annoyed that Mowgli is still not with the humans as was agreed upon. However, they sleep over it and during the night Mowgli with his human skills manages to save a baby elephant.
Mowgli is then kidnapped by the “Bandar-log” (monkeys) who bring him to their leader, a giant ape named King Louie.
The red flower is much sought after by the ape king who offers Mowgli protection from Shere Khan in exchange for the “red-flower.”
Baloo tries to divert the attention of Louie while Bagheera tries to sneak him out, but their plan is exposed and during the run from the temple Mowgli comes to know about Akela’s death by Shere Khan who kills Akela and threatens the pack to find Mowgli so that he can satisfy his bloodlust for the “man-cub”
Furious that Baloo and Bagheera never told him about Akela’s death, Mowgli goes to confront Shere Khan alone.
The climax of the partly animated movie is amidst a jungle fire, accidentally caused by Mowgli with the stolen lit torch from the village. He manages to ultimately vanquish the villain Shere Khan, killer of his father and Akela, with the help of Baloo, Bagheera and Akela’s pack of wolves.
The end sees Raksha become the leader of her pack while Mowgli finds his true home and happiness among his true friends the wolf pack, Bagheera, and Baloo.
Genre – Fantasy adventure, partly animated involving extensive use of CGI
Produced by – Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by – Jon Favreau
Inspired by – Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book series and Disney’s animated version of Kipling’s work.
Budget – around $175 million
Box office collection worldwide – about $967 million
Written by – Justin Marks
Voiceover by – Bill Murray (Baloo), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Idris Elba (Sher Khan), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela) among others.
Cast– Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Kendrick Reyes as infant Mowgli, Ritesh Rajan as Mowgli’s father
Wade Wilson, ex-special forces operative, meets Vanessa and ends up in a romantic relationship with her and proposes marriage to her a year into the relationship.
However, when he is diagnosed with liver, lung, prostate and brain cancer, he leaves her in the quiet of one night, with her interest in mind, of course.
He meets a recruiter from a covert group who guarantees him a cure for his multiple organ cancer. In a remote lab, where he is taken for his promised cure, he gets to meet the characters Ajax and Angel Dust whom he takes an instant dislike for.
He is subjected to multiple torturing experimentations by Ajax, to no avail. Ajax then suffocates him in an oxygen chamber which heals him but leaves him badly disfigured. His ordeal at the lab included being impaled by Ajax with an iron rod and left for the dead.
Wilson survives and wants to go back to Vanessa but is unsure of her reaction to his grotesque disfigurement.
Wilson consults with his best friend Weasel and begins his masked hunt for Ajax to find the cure and finally tracks him down in a convoy, on a highway, protected by guards whom he manages to neutralize and overpowers Ajax forcing him for the cure. To cut it short, Ajax finds a way to escape.
Ajax and Angel Dust then kidnap Vanessa, and with the help of Colossus and Negasonic he finally manages to rescue Vanessa, and vanquish his enemies after a lot of spectacular action sequences which include a hand-to-hand fight with Ajax atop the fictional aircraft helicarrier.
However, before he kills Ajax he comes to know that there is no antidote for his disfigurement but the couple is happy to be together again.
Genre – Invincible Superhero film – eighth in the X-Men series
Produced by – Simon Kinberg
Directed by – Tim Miller
Based on – Marvel Comics character
Budget – around $58 million
Box office collection worldwide – about $783 million
Written by – Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
Cast– Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson – Deadpool), Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), Ed Skrein (Francis Freeman – Ajax), T.J. Miller (Weasel), Gina Carano (Angel Dust), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al), Brianna Hildebrand ( Negasonic Teenage Warhead),Stefan Kapičić as the voice of (Colossus Negasonic)