“The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known.
Disney: The Jungle Book
DVD Release: Unknown at Present
Directors: Jon Favreau
Producer: Jon Favreau, Brigham Taylor
Screenplay by: Justin Mark
Scarlett Johansson … Kaa (voice)
Idris Elba … Shere Khan (voice)
Lupita Nyong’o … Raksha (voice)
Bill Murray … Baloo (voice)
Ralph Ineson … Rama (voice)
Christopher Walken … King Louie (voice)
Ben Kingsley … Bagheera (voice)
Giancarlo Esposito … Akela (voice)
Neel Sethi … Mowgli
Emjay Anthony … Gray (voice)
Hannah Tointon … Winifred
Ritesh Rajan … Mowgli’s Father
Sara Arrington … Nilgai Mother
Jungle Book has been one of my favourite Disney movies for many many years now. Being a lover of almost all things Disney, and of all things animal related, it was hardly surprising, and my children are the same.
However watching the trailer for Jungle Book 2016, I was a little dubious about the suitability for younger children so instead of taking them like we normally would, we invited a couple of our friends along with us to attend the premiere.
The first thing I want to say is that if you’re expecting to see the bouncy, singalong tale you’ve known since you were a child, then be prepared to witness something totally different. Yes the story is basically the same but it has more focus on the events happening, rather than just a go with the flow kind of feel that it’s predessor had. For me, it made me think of one of my favourite characters, Baloo, in a whole new light which I’m not entirely sure I was happy with, but hey, change can be a good thing and maybe I just saw him differently when I was younger.
The movie was nowhere near as dark as I thought it was going to be. Yes it was a little more intense than your animated Disney movies, but then again the characters were far more real thanks to some amazing CGI work done by the creators, so you feel more pulled into the movie and it’s plot.
The ‘real’ part of the movie has Neel Sethi as Mowgli and honestly, I don’t know how any actor, let alone one as young, can act to another character that isn’t there when they’re saying their lines. To me that is pretty amazing as they can’t bounce off another actors’ lines and emotions
All in all this was awesome movie and while I haven’t been back to see it again, our friends took their children as soon as it opened in theatres and they loved it as well