The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book (2016)

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The Jungle Book (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).

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.

Best Visual Effects, Academy Awards 2017; Best Special Effects, BAFTAs 2017
2016Rating: PG, Violence & scary scenes106 minsUSA
AdventureDramaKids & FamilyBlockbuster
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Maintaining the buoyant heartbeat beneath all the digital flash, Favreau never loses sight of the fact that he’s making an adventure story for children.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Forget about your worries - this is the jungle VIP. A winner.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A sincere and full-hearted adaptation that returns to Kipling for fresh inspiration...

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A terrifically enjoyable piece of old-fashioned storytelling and a beautiful-looking film: spectacular, exciting, funny and fun.

4.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

The film itself is technically innovative while also being thoroughly, satisfyingly traditional.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Favreau has made great use of the cutting-edge CGI to create an immersive environment and three-dimensional characters.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The exceptional visual quality and lifelike animal renditions remain stunning throughout.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

First class family entertainment from a burgeoning master of the medium.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0
0

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.

3.0
0

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.

4.0
0

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...

4.0
0

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.

4.0
0

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.

5.0
0

Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book is a great example of keeping the spirit of the original intact while bringing it own flavour and style. The characters are great and I love how it is quite dark, something I would not take a young child to perhaps. This movie is gorgeous and I could use 50 more adjectives to talk about how amazing the film looks. You forget...

5.0
0

Having remade several times both through animated and live action, is Jon Favreau’s take on the classic novel and remake to the 1967 animated classic worth checking out? When a truce between the animals of the Jungle is broken, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) has no choice but to leave his wolf pack as he runs away from the menacing Tiger, Shere Khan, who will stop at...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Maintaining the buoyant heartbeat beneath all the digital flash, Favreau never loses sight of the fact that he’s making an adventure story for children.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Forget about your worries - this is the jungle VIP. A winner.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A sincere and full-hearted adaptation that returns to Kipling for fresh inspiration...

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A terrifically enjoyable piece of old-fashioned storytelling and a beautiful-looking film: spectacular, exciting, funny and fun.

4.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

The film itself is technically innovative while also being thoroughly, satisfyingly traditional.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Favreau has made great use of the cutting-edge CGI to create an immersive environment and three-dimensional characters.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The exceptional visual quality and lifelike animal renditions remain stunning throughout.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

First class family entertainment from a burgeoning master of the medium.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0
0

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.

3.0
0

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.

4.0
0

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...

4.0
0

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.

4.0
0

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.

5.0
0

Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book is a great example of keeping the spirit of the original intact while bringing it own flavour and style. The characters are great and I love how it is quite dark, something I would not take a young child to perhaps. This movie is gorgeous and I could use 50 more adjectives to talk about how amazing the film looks. You...

5.0
0

Having remade several times both through animated and live action, is Jon Favreau’s take on the classic novel and remake to the 1967 animated classic worth checking out? When a truce between the animals of the Jungle is broken, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) has no choice but to leave his wolf pack as he runs away from the menacing Tiger, Shere Khan, who will stop...

5.0
0