The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book (2016)

(2016)

Disney gives director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) the keys to Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale. His live-action/CGI hybrid adaptation follows young Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi) as he grows up in a jungle filled with friends – Bagheera the black panther (Ben Kingsley) and Baloo the bear (Bill Murray) – and ghastly foes – Kaa the python (Scarlett Johansson), King Louie the orangutan (Christopher Walken), and Shere Khan the tiger (Idris Elba).... More

As the adopted cub in a pack of wolves, the jungle is the only home Mowgli has known. But when the greatly-feared Shere Khan expresses his deadly desires to end the boy’s life, the pack is put in danger, prompting Mowgli to divert the threat away from his family and to search for a new home with human civilisation. Aided by the loyal Bagheera, Mowgli’s journey becomes wrought with danger and rich with friendships, revealing what he truly wants for his life and the jungle he calls home.

While the film stays truer to the tones of Kipling’s original story, Favreau also infuses his vision with shades of the original Disney animated movie.Hide

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Once again, Iron Man director Jon Favreau has magically pulled out another incredibly fun blockbuster from behind Disney’s circular ear. While it tips its hat to the 1967 animated film, this fantastical retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale moves to its own vibrant drum beat with a visual razzle dazzle that takes the tiger from Life of Pi and multiplies it by a whole jungle.... More

Our hearty young lead Neel Sethi is one of the only things in the film not made by a computer, meaning the digitally-constructed environments feel right in tune with the CG creatures. This also frees the camera to do the physically impossible and the creatively limitless. (A seamless transition from an eyeball to a cave left my own eyeballs flabbergasted.)

Injecting personalities into photorealistic talking animals is its own kind of dangerous wildness/uncanny valley. Fortunately, Favreau overloads the voice acting bases with supreme A-listers like Ben Kingsley as protective parent panther Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as authoritative mother wolf Raksha, and Bill Murray as a bear version of Bill Murray.

As great as the voice acting is, it’s the characters’ onscreen presence that drives home the performances, none being more distinctive than Idris Elba’s Shere Khan. Using all the movements a tiger can anatomically achieve, from the hunch of braced shoulders to the most casual of alpha-cat struts, he is a vocal and physical force that puts him near the top of evil movie assholes.

It’s a shame that can’t go double for Christopher Walken as King Louie. He would have been 100% great had it not been for his reiteration of I Wanna Be Like You, which ends up feeling embarrassingly out of place.Hide


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BY thorinoak superstar

It's a bit of a hard ask trying to convey heart and emotion through CGI animals that you have kept as 'wild' as possible. Director Jon Favreau nearly pulls it off but not quite losing the fun and heart of the original. It's a beautiful looking film though.


BY Newt superstar

This is a really well-made live-action adaptation of a great story. There are so many ways in which this could have gone awry but it stands shoulder to shoulder with the original in all facets and in some ways (animation and added thematic depth) goes beyond the 1967 film. Neel Sethi is surely on the way now to more good things.


BY silentbob88 superstar

Fun film, looks stunning although I think it is geared towards 3D... Mowgli is well reresented as my 6 year old son was immediately drawn to his character and Baloo as well who was voiced with the right amount of fun and heart by Bill Murray- actually all the animals were beautifully rendered and voiced by the actors chosen, but my personal favourite was Christoper Walken cast as King Louie- he stole every scene he was in for me. Very enjoyable film!


Quite an awesome movie. I like how Louie is an ancient ape and how Balloo tries to get the Honey ... awesome. Bagheera is still my favourite but I do like good old Balloo.


BY Hastley lister

Saw this film in 2D, it was clearly made to watch on 3D. In saying that the movie itself was great, fast paced and really enjoyable.


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The Press Reviews

94% of critics recommend.
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  • Wonderful to look at, this is a more adult, more complex affair than its animated, and more entertaining, forebear. Still, it’s Disney’s best live-action adaptation yet. Full Review

  • Studios are in the recycling business... lightly diverting, it is also disappointing, partly because it feels like a pumped-up version of Disney's 1967 animated film, with more action and less sweetness. Full Review

  • Disney's return to the jungle is lovingly executed, emotional and exciting, with eye-boggling effects and fully engaged voice-work. Bears and original Book-lovers can rest at ease. Full Review

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