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 nothing to eliminate Mowgli.
Glad to say Jon Favreau’s adaptation of The Jungle Book is nothing short of amazing. All the scenery and animals were computer generated but they looked incredible. From the twists and turns of every branch to the single strand of fur of the animals, everything was rendered perfectly and it looked seamless.
Accompanied by the visual appeal is the voice acting. All the voice actors/actresses were great, Bill Murray as Baloo was fun and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera is also played to perfection. However Idris Elba as Shere Khan steals the movie. He commanded every scene he’s in and more importantly he’s incredibly intimidating but more importantly dangerous. Idris Elba was exceptional as Shere Khan and easily one of the best movie villains out there.
There’s very little to complain about the movie and they’re all very minor. Neel Sethi’s performance as Mowgli fluctuates as sometimes he’s great in a scene and could be bad at another. To his credit, majority of the time he’s acting in front of puppets and he’s doing a good job. However there are several scenes that made it obvious that he’s only talking to puppets.
Another problem are the small inconsistencies, there are a few but they are very noticeable. Seeing as this is a remake of the animated movie by Disney, they do bring several songs from the classic movie and though they were mostly great, some songs felt out of place and it diminished the atmosphere around the scene.
With only minor inconsistencies, Disney’s The Jungle Book is possibly one of this year’s best movies. It’s visually impressive, brilliantly voice acted and it’s without a doubt a movie that kids and adults would enjoy. It captured the essence of the Rudyard Kipling novel as well as the animated classic and it merged it into a near perfect adaptation or live action remake.
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