The Jungle Book is Rudyard Kipling's beloved tale of Mowgli, an orphaned boy raised by wolves, who comes to fend for himself in the wild. Disney recently converted aspects from the 1967 animated film into a live-action adventure. Renewing interest in the classic novel, it has since been adapted by Andy Serkis into a film with a greater focus on the man cub. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a Netflix film, which released exclusively to the streaming service in November this year.
To launch the film, critics and journalists were invited to get into the spirit of things by attending the Mootee Bar in the trendy suburb of Melville, Johannesburg. Jungle Book-themed cocktails, wooden drink tokens, extra foliage and Indian-infused canapés were the order of the day. Greeted at the entrance by a spider web rope tunnel, the evening was bound to be anything but conventional. Having cocktails named after the main characters proved to be an eye-opening and mouthwatering experience. From variations on a piña colada to drinks served with naked flames, the evening was full of feasting and fun.
Instructed to bring a fully charged smartphone or tablet, attendees were given a set of Bluetooth headphones as well as a three month subscription to Netflix with 15GB data from Telkom Mobile. Poised for a chilled evening of drinks, snacks and Jungle Book culture, the unusual screening format was set to be memorable.
A message to the Johannesburg launch from motion capture superstar and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle director, Andy Serkis, kicked off the screening event, which was designed according to the Netflix viewing experience. While presented with the opportunity to view Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle at the bar itself, I decided to watch the film in HD on a bigger screen in order to do the Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle review justice. Meeting with one or two familiar folks and connecting with some social media faces, the experience was enjoyable and welcome. The staff at the Mootee bar were charming and observant, making the trendy restaurant the perfect place to meet and explore jungle lore.
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