Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book

“The bear necessities of life will come to you!”

Endearing words from the original embodiment of fun, Baloo the bear from the timeless tale titled The Jungle Book.

The 2016 re-make of the 1967 classic, reinvigorates the the old film with fresh blood, and a new spin on animation with the addition of CGI animals and a real life setting. The CGI works beautifully for the film and separates it from other recent CGI laden films by having a human boy to the mix, who holds the film together with his charm and enchanting charisma.

The voice cast was filled with well known actors and actresses portraying the heroes and the villains of the jungle. The voice performances that stood out for me particularly were by Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Bill Murray. They fit into their characters so well, that their voices and the animations gelled together making me believe that those animals could truly speak. Johansson and Elba in particular struck me with fear and at the sound of their voices – and even the mention of their character’s names. Each and every time Shere Khan popped up on screen I lost a bit of my masculinity; depressing to say the least. Kaa the snake nearly had me hypnotized with Scarlett’s Melodious and gentle tone. The only thing keeping me from full obedience was Neel Sethi’s character Mowgli’s resistance to the inimical demands of the slithery serpent. Neel Sethi’s turn as Mowgli was tremendous, marking the debut of hopefully a life-long career of wonderful performances. He managed to be the glue of the film while also serving as his own captivating character, which is not easy to do, especially for a 12 year old boy.

Jon Favreau’s directing style is duly at work in this film , displaying his knowledge of heart-racing action sequences, and emotional set pieces while retaining the fun-loving vibe the original had all those years ago. Aided by a strong script, lovable characters, a masterful cast and an immeasurable amount of crazed Disney fans, this film was destined for greatness, and it so rightfully sits among legends.

Score:

Voice Acting/ Acting: 9

Directing: 10

Writing: 9

Effects: 10

Story telling: 10

Rewatchability: 9

Character Development: 10

Humour: 9

How-hooked: 10

Opening up a sequel: 10

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