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Movie Review: The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Release Date:  April 07, 2016
Cast: Neel Sethi, [Voices] Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson. Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Jon Favreau, Sam Raimi
Director: Jon Favreau
Genre:  Adventure, Drama, Family
Duration: 01 hour 45 minutes

The story we keenly listened to in our childhood comes alive on the big screen in The Jungle Book. For those who may be new to the story, it’s one of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale that revolves around the central character, Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a young boy brought up in the jungle by a wolf pack led by Akela (Esposito) and Raksha (Nyong’o). Rudyard Kipling was a famous English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist who produced several literary works during the eighteenth century. The movie effectively captures the magic that Rudyard Kipling has tried to illustrate in his stories, so much so that every animal character in the movie comes across with a specific personality trait, some good, some devious, and some downright evil.

Life’s good for Mowgli, as he spends time with the wolf pack, which is his family in the jungle. However, things start to turn ominous when the tiger Shere Khan (Elba) comes to know about Mowgli’s presence. Shere Khan has an old grudge against humans and he declares that Mowgli can never be a member of the jungle community. Shere Khan wants to eliminate Mowgli, but his evil plans are thwarted by the wolf pack, the panther Bagheera (Kingsley), Baloo the grizzly bear (Murray) and other animals. Mowgli himself tries to stay away from Shere Khan and as he travels through the jungle, he comes across several other animals such as the devious python Kaa (Johansson) and a giant ape, King Louie (Walken), who try to use Mowgli for their personal gains.

Neel Sethi deserves a lot of credit since he is the only real human character in the movie. Everything else, including the jungle and the animals are Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). It’s a lot more difficult to act in the right way, when all you have is a script and probably a blue background that is later altered by CGI, creating the jungle scenes and the moving, talking animals. Director Favreau has also done a great job in recombining old concepts with new ideas and elements in a fittingly delightful way.

The Jungle Book is a must watch, especially with your family and kids. The charms of a classical fantasy world will captivate your senses and intricate landscaping and state-of-the-art CGI will make you go ‘wow’.

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