The Jungle Book (2016) – Review

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Another Disney animated reboot transformed into a modern realistic version film. The latest Disney masterpiece brought to us on the big screen is the 1967 classic, The Jungle Book. Whether it is classic Disney music, the animated classic film or in the Disney theme parks, The Jungle Book has been apart of many generations. Each animated reboot has given us something special, and this film has done the same.

Not much to say about the storyline, most have seen the animated film and are very familiar with the story of the man-cub named, Mowgli. This remake did not venture far off course of the original. Mowgli (Neel Sethi), abandoned at a young age in the jungle, is discovered by a curious panther named Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), who tends to the man-cub and leaves him to be raised by a pack of wolves. The young boy later flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger, Shere Khan (Idris Elba). Guided by Bagheera and the bear Baloo (Bill Murray), Mowgli embarks on an incredible journey, though he also meets creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart.

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The Jungle Book is packed with a cast of stars, each bringing their unique and talented skills to voice the animals of the film. The special effects used to incorporate the actors facial expressions was done very well. One that stands out more than the others was, King Louie (Christopher Walken). The main star of the film, Neel Sethi, did an excellent job playing the young boy. In every way, I felt Sethi was the casted perfectly.

The only real downfall of the film would be the fact there was an inconsistency with the animals talking. Some only made noises, while others talked. The biggest disappointment for me was the elephants not talking at all. In the animated film they were a big part of Mowgil connecting with the youngest elephant.

Aside from that, The Jungle Book was a fun and exciting adventure for the audience. My kids loved the film and I enjoyed it as well. The movie was very entertaining and I highly recommend it for a family outing.

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