The Jungle Book Movie - A Review

  • The Jungle Book Movie - A Review

    Posted by : classmate Date : 18th April 2016


    Memories are a strange thing, they morph and change over time and take a life of their own but there are some memories which remain engrained in our mind, unchanged and unmoved standing the test of time. The Jungle Book, for all of us, is one such memory.  Most Indian kids growing up in the early 90’s, grew up watching the Japanese anime telecast on Doordarshan every Sunday. It was like a ritual, 12pm to 1 pm was dedicated to watching Mowgli running in the forest with his wolf brethren and battling his mortal enemy Shere Khan.That is how The Jungle Book entered all our lives. Post which Rudyard Kipling’s book was widely read and the 1967 adaptation made by Disney Studios was sought after to be watched numerous times. 

When Disney announced that they were planning to make a reboot of The Jungle Book with Jon Favreau of Iron Man fame, helming the project and a huge budget with an impressive star cast, we were a little skeptical at first but our doubts were cleared when the trailer came out earlier this year.

The movie has to be watched in IMAX, there is no other way to watch this one! The 2D and 3D versions also pay justice to the movie but do not deliver the same experience as an IMAX. All the “actors” in the movie are CGI characters but the attention to detail and the technology used is of such high quality that one forgets that the characters aren’t real. The voices lent are perfect and breathe life into the movie. Idris Elba as Shere Khan , Ben Kingsley as Bagheera , Bill Murray as Baloo and Christopher Walken as King Louie deserve a special mention.

 Neel Sethi (Mowgli), the only human in the film, carries the entire movie on his tiny shoulders and his adorableness makes the character all the more likable and endearing. This is an immensely talented actor who has a bright future ahead of him.

 

 The inclusion of the songs “Bare necessities” and “I wanna be like you” from the ’67 Disney original seem to be included to evoke a sense of nostalgia and they manage to do just that, although they feel like a force fit.

 

This is a great movie which transports you to a beautiful world full of fantastical creatures which you wouldn’t want to leave long after the credits have rolled.

 

Thank you Disney and Mr Favreau for letting us relive our childhood for a couple of hours.

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