The Joxer Film Review of Jungle Book..
A part live/part CGI remaking of the classic Disney animation of 1967 more than the classic Kipling story, this version uses the best of modern technology to bring the tale into the 21st century.
Starring, amongst others, Sir Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, the film tells the tale of Mowgli, a young boy raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves and looked over by Bagheera [Kingsley] after his father is killed by the tiger Shere Khan [Elba]. After a meeting at the watering hole, Shere Khan sets his sights on killing Mowgli for what Mowgli’s father did to him before he died and Bagheera realising that Mowgli is in mortal danger reluctantly decides to take Mowgli back to the village from where Mowgli was from.
On his journey through the jungle Mowgli meets Baloo [Murray] a lazy bear, Kaa a hypnotising snake [voiced by Johansson] and King Louie [voiced by Christopher Walken] who help or hinder him at any given point until the final confrontation with Khan begins.
This is a truly wonderful film, beautifully shot, fantastic CGI [3D is awesome] and a performance from Neel Sethi that is just out of this world. It’s hard to believe that he is acting in front of a CGI screen throughout the film as he makes everything look so believable. A brilliant film from beginning to end and ideal for all the family. I can’t find anything bad to say about the film, it’s one of the best films I’ve seen in a very long time and one I could have quite happily have watched again as soon as it ended.
The first of this years Blockbusters does not disappoint.
A must see!
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