Movie Review: The Jungle Book
With recent help from Jon Favreau and Justin Marks, the creative duo was able to take on the 1967 Disney Classic, The Jungle Book, and make it into a real -life CGI film adaption. However, this version, which comes out in theaters today, is not like the musical cartoon we all hold near and dear to our hearts. But don’t worry; it is surprisingly different in a good way!
With an exciting all-star cast including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, and Idris Elba, it’s no wonder why people’s expectations for this film are already set extremely high.
Yet to no surprise, Favreau and Marks out did themselves on this project. Staying true to the cartoon, and Rudyard Kipling’s novel, the creative duo was able to find an equal balance between the old and new world of Disney and answer the many open-ended questions raised throughout the original film.
With an excellent written screenplay and jaw-dropping cinematography, viewers will find themselves on the edge of their seats, being transported into the jungles of India. From the very opening scene the movie is action packed and quickly becomes a story of survival and coming of age.
Each character in the film stands out in their own unique way, much like the original, but draws you more into the story with each passing minute. Mowgli, played by newcomer Neel Sethi, is not the carefree man-cub he is originally known to be.
This young man-cub is caring, smart, and intelligent. He is a survivor, and is quick to realize the potential danger of Shere Khan if he does not leave the jungle. His likeable demeanor and resilient sense of self-character can be seen throughout the film making him relatable to the entire audience.
Mowgli, however, is not the only character Favreau and Marks choose to better develop. Baloo, voiced by Bill Murray, is a con artist to say the least and King Louie, Christopher Walken, can be depicted as the mob boss of the jungle.
A sense of humor, no doubt, can be found throughout this film, which makes it so enjoyable to watch. Although it is not a musical, Favreau kept the two iconic songs we all love and sing along too. What could be even better? Murray and Walken are doing all the singing. So get ready to laugh and sing out loud!
Although there are many similarities between the cartoon and new cinematic adaption, there are many differences. The climatic build up to the fight scene between Mowgli and Shere Khan is one that will leave audiences biting their nails and gasping for air. The ending, however, is quite different from the original movie and will leave viewers in for a pleasant surprise.
Whether you are singing, laughing, or even crying, this triumphant movie brings out many emotions. Questionably even a tearjerker, this film will by far leave you feeling joyous even all the way to the ending credits.