More than just the bare necessities.
The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, is the latest live action Disney remake, and it’s probably the best so far. The Jungle Book follows the story of Mowgli, a kid raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, on the run from the vengeful tiger Shere Khan. If you’re even somewhat familiar with the original book or Disney film, then the story plays out similarly with many notable changes.
Visually, this film is amazing. Like watching Avatar, except with an interesting plot and fully realized characters. Not only do all the animals look very real, but you’re able to see the emotion on their face. and connect with these CGI characters. It’s very much reminiscent of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in that regard. All the voice actors feel perfectly cast, once you watch the film you can hardly imagine anyone else doing those parts. For a kid, Neel Sethi (Mowgli) does a decent job. There are some moments where he nails it, and others where his acting feels very forced.
The writing here is very good. There are a lot of things that come full circle at the end of the film. Themes of belonging and being who you are, teach good lessons for kids. Many characters have believable growth and development, even the bad guy. Shere Khan is in fact one of the best villains I’ve seen in film for a while. Marvel should take notes, this is how you create a good villain. Khan is powerful, scary, selfish, evil, and despite all that you’re still able to understand his point of view. It also helps that Idris Elba is one of the best actors working today.
I think kids and adults will find something to love here. The Jungle Book is full of emotion, action, adventure, friendship, laughs, lessons, and wonderful characters. They even kept a couple of songs from the original movie; I’m sure you can guess which ones.
P.S. Stay for the initial credits.
Overall Score: 4.5/5 Stars
The Jungle Book is…a Certified Banger