The Jungle Book


Review: A tiger, Shere Khan forces a man-cub named Mowgli to flee the jungle. He embarks on a journey of self discovery with help from a panther, Bagheera, and a free spirited Bear named Baloo.
Director: Jon Favreau
Actors: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken
Year: 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama and Family
Conclusion: 5/5
A re-make of the 1967 classic film although slightly different. I was really worried when I heard that they were re-making it as most of the time you can’t beat the original films. I really enjoyed this and it turns out I didn’t need to be worried about it at all. It was a lot darker than I imagined it to be and very surprised that it is only a PG for that reason. I was glued to this film the minute it started and it never once let me down. It kept the pace up all the way through. The little boy in this is fantastic and it is very much like seeing the cartoon character come to life. I would love to see this young boy develop into a fine young actor. He has got so much to give and I hope he goes a long way. He auditioned with over 2,000 other children and got the part. The musical score is brilliant especially when Bill Murray starts to sing “The Bare Necessities”. This film has a lot of depth to it. Moving Picture Company (MPC) and Weta Digital did the C.G.I. and have done an incredible job on the whole structure of the film. In fact the C.G. character Baloo is so large and furry, he took almost five hours of rendering time per frame. It is a spectacular, exciting and fun film. There are some parts in this that did remind me of The Lion King (1994). The first Jungle Book film to win an Academy Award. At the Academy Awards in 2017 this won one Oscar and that was for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Also at the Bafta Awards in 2017 this won Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects.


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