Title: The Jungle Book (2016)
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Screenplay by: Justin Marks
Based on: Disney’s The Jungle Book and The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Starring: Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, and Brighton Rose
Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
Music by: John Debney (The Jungle Book themes composed by George Bruns)
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Running Time: 105 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some sequences of scary action and peril
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Fairview Entertainment
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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 no-nonsense panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python 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.
I have never read the book nor did I watch the cartoon version of this film, so I don’t know what to expect from The Jungle Book. This Disney’s live-action adaptation film is very popular, that much I know. I must say the film isn’t disappointing. The Jungle Book is actually really good with all the visual effect. All of the animals look really good and real. The CGI effect is really good that I don’t think the animals are just an effect but real animals. The way they talked look so real and excellent.
All the animals are being voiced by popular actors and actresses, such as Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, and Lupita Nyong’o. I guess you can’t doubt their acting skill when they’re on camera and now you will only hear their voice. I think it’s just the same. They have done their job really well. Plus the CGI effects are really good that it supports the actors’ and the actresses’ acting skill just by their voice.
“This is the law of the jungle it’s old and it’s true as the sky And the wolf that should keep it may prosper but the wolf who will break it must die. For the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.” – Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, and Raksha
The highlighted character is perhaps Mowgli portrayed by a new actor, Neel Sethi. He really did a great job of playing his role. Don’t forget that he was only facing the CGI effects, not real persons. So I think it’s not easy for a new actor such as him. He is also very young but already so talented. The character of Mowgli is funny and innocent, typically a boy on his age. Ben Kingsley as Bagheera was awesome. He looks so cool as a black panther. However, I like Baloo, voiced by Bill Murray, he was indeed a funny bear. His look is cute as well. He may be lazy and loves to eat, but he is loyal and kind to his friends, especially to Mowgli. I don’t doubt Bill Murray can portray a funny character since he has done it so many times.
I don’t know about the Disney’s cartoon version, but I heard that it was just the same. The difference is, it was a cartoon back then while now is not. It’s a live-action adaption. Though of course, they don’t use real animals here, the CGI effects are awesome and flawless. Perhaps if any of you have seen the cartoon version before and expect more to be twisted, I don’t know if this is the right film. Because as they said, The Jungle Book has the same story with a different style of shooting. Like Cinderella (2015). That’s what I heard. So I don’t know. If you haven’t watched the previous version, I think you will this The Jungle Book. I know it might be more interesting if they made a twist, right? Like Maleficent (2014) which adapt and twist the story of Sleeping Beauty (1959). But I don’t mind this film at all, the fact that I haven’t watched the classic cartoon version says much about it.
The Jungle Book, overall, is indeed a very good and fun film, and definitely worth to watch. It’s a family film. Many moral lessons can be learnt from this film itself, which mostly about family and friendship. Despite being nearly the same as the cartoon version, I think this live-action adaptation film is still fun to watch.
I give The Jungle Book 8 out of 10 stars.