I loved Jungle Book. Just saw it at the weekend. I’m also always happy when a good movie is rewarded by amazing box office and this flick made 300 million globally while you and I were chilling out over the same period.
But a thought occurred to me and it seems especially prescient given all the chat about Hollywood white-washing in recent times, especially of Asian actors. This movie didn’t have a single white face, even in the background, and made 300 million between Friday and Sunday. Pan, on the other hand, had similarly beloved source material and lots of white faces, completely tanking at the box office. The lesson here I think is that we’ve moved beyond audiences caring about white movie stars and instead getting excited when a movie is just really damn good.
Am I being naive? I don’t think so. I think a major part of what makes the F and F franchise work around the world is the mixed race cast having international appeal.
What’s your thoughts?