The Renaissance of artistry and Reformation continues with more and more excellent, entertaining, and edifying movies in theaters. On April 9, Box Office Mojo reports that Zootopia (PG- older children through adults) is currently number three at the box office. Miracles From Heaven (PG-all ages) is number six with God’s Not Dead 2 (PG- all ages) number seven. These are all good family, redemptive movies that continue in cinemas. This week the promising family movie, Jungle Book (PG- older children through adults) joins them in theaters. For trailers, list of cast and crew, as well as news, see Jungle Book on IMDb.
Jungle Book is based on the Rudyard Kipling book about an orphan boy, who is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther. CinemaBlend says Jungle Book “…seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.” The movie is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and Disney’s classic animated film.
Jungle Book is a live-action, adventure film about Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a “man-cub” who’s been raised by a family of wolves. Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, determines to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Mowgli sets on journey of self-discovery, guided by his stern mentor panther Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley) and free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to get Mowgli to give up the secret to fire.
Looking ahead into the rest of year to see what is coming to theaters, there are many more good family and redemptive movies due out. These include (with dates currently known, although dates for release can change): I’m Not Ashamed, April 20; Same Kind of Different as Me, April 29; Finding Dory, June 17; BFG, July 1; Captain America: Civil War, May 6; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, June 3; Star Trek Beyond, July 22 ; Ben-Hur, August 12, Pete’s Dragon, August 12; and Star Wars: Rogue One, December 16 and more.
Further, many other promising family and redemptive movies are in development for theaters: Left Behind 2, Full of Grace, Do You Believe 2, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew, Ten Commandments, King David, Apostle Paul” (with Hugh Jackman), Pontius Pilate, Butterfly Circus, The Adventures of Tintin 2, Touchdown on the Tundra, Wanted, a slate of HD Texas movies and more.
Furthermore, Disney live-action remakes of classic animated family movies, like Jungle Book and Cinderella out now, continue in development: Aladdin, Mulan, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Tinker Bell, and Chip ‘n’ Dale.
The top picks in redemptive, family movies for the second week of April are the following: Miracles From Heaven (PG-all ages), God’s Not Dead 2, Zootopia, and Jungle Book. As consumers continue to support good family, redemptive movies, the Renaissance of artistry and Reformation on content continues in movies and other media. Happy Spring!