The Jungle Book Movie 2016 is a story about a kid who grows up in a jungle with animals. Not only is Director Favreau’s The Jungle Book a stunning visual spectacle but also a surprisingly intelligent and genuinely scary movie that sticks you to the seat.
The snowy escape from a mad tiger and a landslide, atop a water buffalo, is worth a Revenant. The Mowgli will make every child and adult want to walk swinging those arms just a bit. The Jungle Book Movie director has done a fantastic job as he knows how to mix the heavy disappointment with light touch.
It’s a little more important of the jungle and the book a lot, lot darker, and yet, ultimately as energetic, with a surprisingly strong and novel message at the heart of it, in a story that already didn’t lack for them.
Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is seen when he is already 10 and already finding himself struggling with the wolf life. While his wolf pack is as accommodating as ever, bringing all the animals together, in peace, to a sole watering hole – brings him to the attention of the other animals in the jungle. Left scarred by humans once, Shere Khan wants his revenge, and tells the wolves who have raised Mowgli that he will just wait till the rains to come after the man cub.
Bagheera, who was the one to bring the baby Mowgli to the wolves, tells Raksha that he must take the boy to a “man village” for his safety. There on begin the adventures which bring Mowgli face-to-face with first Shere Khan, then the water buffaloes, Kaa, Baloo and King Louie.
This is Madhya Pradesh’s tropical-forest Kanha Tiger Reserve recreated in a Los Angeles studio using the tech knowledge also behind Avatar, Gravity and Life of Pi.
It’s a Disney film alright but you leave in the sound comfort of knowing that here is a director not just in love with your much-loved childhood story but treating it with the growing respect of an adult.
When it comes to the jungle, the silent giant is one animal not to be messed with. Voices in Jungle Book of Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’O, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Scarlett Johansson.
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