Friday, April 15, 2016
Movie Review: The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling's novel still inspires reiterations with the live-action adaptation hitting theaters this weekend starring Neel Sethi as the only human Mowgli, the man cub. A ton of high profile actors voiced the plethora of animal characters through the film. The special effects were stunning enough that the visual experience was enjoyable to watch.
The list of actors extend long but at the top was Bill Murray as Baloo the Bear, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the Panther, and Idris Elba as the villainous tiger Shere Khan. Elba was especially great with his deep voice resounding and terrifying the audience.
Director Jon Favreau keeps the film moving along quickly as the plot demands the fast pace of the jungle. All the CGI shots are constantly moving with a great attention to tiny details resulted in cute and stunning images flying across the screen.
There were plenty of guest stars popping up through it like Scarlett Johansson as the snake, Christopher Walken as King Louie the orangutan, and Lupita Nyong'o as Raksha the mother wolf. Giancarlo Esposito also pops up a Akila the alpha male wolf. The voice acting assisted the special effects and it all came together for a great story.
This movie has been one of the more enjoyable experiences I've had in the theater this year. The 3D worked well for following Mowgli bouncing through the trees and very cool battles between bears, tigers, monkey, panthers, and all the majestic creatures of the jungle. I look forward to other adaptations of Disney animated classics. This movie has nothing going against for kids to see and enjoyable for adult viewers so I expect success at the box office as well!