Based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic children’s novel, ‘The Jungle Book’ is one of the most beautiful CGI films to come out this year. A captivating and seamless journey into the original story, which leaves old Jungle Book fans reminiscing, and new comers in absolute awe.
Along with a star-studded cast of voices, breathtaking CGI, and the incorporation of original songs, the movie was able to pay tribute to an old classic. With director Jon Favreau delivering a marvelous world full of talking animals, and diverse characters to capture anyone’s imagination.
A big hand should be given to 11-year-old Neel Sethi (who plays the main character Mowgli) – it’s hard to believe the entire film would have only had one person physically on screen the entire time. With many heart racing, tear-jerking, and nostalgic moments; the young actor was able to deliver his character with flair. Delivering lines with such energy and animation, it’s hard not to fall in love with the little guy.
The story follows the life of Mowgli (Neel Sethi) the “human-cub”, who lives among a pack of wolves in the jungle. Ever since he could remember Mowgli had been part of this life, running along side his wolf brothers and sister, eating, sleep and breathing the jungle. However, it’s apparent that Mowgli does not fully belong to their world.
Discord occurs when Shere Khan, a notoriously cruel jungle tiger takes notice of the “man cub”. Proclaiming mankind’s existence in the jungle world forbidden, Shere Khan takes it upon himself to rid the jungle of Mowgli. Leading to the immediate departure of Mowgli from the wolf clan, and a deadly race to reach a nearby human village to return to where Mowgli “belongs”.
Alongside his lifetime protector, a leopard named Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), and a con-artist bear by the name of Baloo (Bill Murray). Mowgli finds the true meaning of belonging, by accepting his ‘humanness’ – his idiosyncrasies and similarities to the creatures of the jungle.
During his journey, he faces many other dangerous creatures, such as the python Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), and an enormous ape called King Louise (voiced by Christopher Walken). Leaning on the help and bravery of his friends, Mowgli learns to overcome all obstacles, and face his greatest opponent with new strength and belief.
The Jungle book was made for all ages in mind, delivering enough action for the adults, whilst still capturing younger audiences with daring feats, caves and singing bears.
The sheer detail that went into creating such lifelike characters is mind-boggling, as well as the actual jungle itself. It in not hard to fall right into the story when the characters are so lifelike and lovable.
The film comes highly recommended for all ages, adults and children alike. In fact, you might say going to watch it is “a simple bear necessity”.