Featuring Neel Sethi and many great voices This is Disney’s 2016 LiveAction Adaptation and remake of their animated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s original story, directed by Jon Favreau, and following off of the recent success of Disney’s live action remakes. It is the second live action adaptation of The Jungle Book to be made by Disney. While Mowgli is portrayed by a human actor, the rest of the film is portrayed almost entirely through computer animation, with extensive motion capture and highly photorealistic animation to create the Indian jungle and its’ inhabit.
Neel Sethi as Mowgli makes his feature film debut in this highly-anticipated movie. The youngster beat out thousands of other actors to play Mowgli a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smoothtalking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. The Jungle Book seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse the audience into an enchanting and lush world.
The Jungle Book 2016 is a really enjoyable movie for all ages. Rated
PG 8 out of 10