The Jungle Book Review

The trailer for this movie will open a world of imagination. How would this beloved story that I’ve seen as a child be translated into a live action adventure.

They’ve done Snow White and The wizard of Oz in a more adult gritty style but please…..leave The Jungle Book the way it was.

Well from what the trailer shows, it seems that little is changed.

The Plot

Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar.

Guided by a stern panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python (Scarlett Johansson) and a smooth-talking ape.

Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.

The Good

Everything really! The graphics are amazing and while it might be stupid watching live action animals speaking English, you kinda get lost in that world and suddenly everything makes sense.

It is a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat and while the story is similar to the 1967 film, it is very much a different film as well because of the emotions that are expressed through the various voice actors.

My personal favourite was Christopher Walken as King Louis,  an orangutan who wants to be a human, and wants Mowgli to teach him how to make fire. When he sings “I wanna be like you”, it is both funny and frightening because you’re seeing this massive orangutan in your face. Trust me it’s probably scarier in IMAX 3D.

Bill Murray voicing Baloo was particularly enjoyable seeing as how I’ve always pictured Murray as a big friendly bear.

If you’re bringing kids, you might want to hold onto them when Saa the Python appears because what Scarlett Johansson does with the character is quite scary.

The Bad

I can’t think of any…..unless you’re one of those anal sorts

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Jon Favreau has done a brilliant job with such perfect casting and he goes one up when he pays homage to the original movie….in fact any Walt Disney classic with the way he ends the show with “The Jungle Book” storybook closing to show the front cover. Watch out for the ending and you’ll get what I mean.

Watch this in IMAX 3D

By: Elliott Danker

The Jungle Book opens in cinemas 7 Apr

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