In 1894, Rudyard Kipling published a novel about a boy abandoned in the jungle: “The Jungle Book.” The boy, Mowgli, is then taken in by the wildlife, raised by wolves and assisted by his two friends, Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear. Through his journey, an evil tiger Shere Khan hunts him.
In 1942, a film was released based on this book with the same plot. Then in 1967, Disney took their own animated approach to the classic story and created an incredible film lasting decades in our hearts. After 49 years, Disney has re-done the iconic movie with director Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”, “Swingers”, “The Break-Up”, etc.), and brought it to a new generation. Instead of animated, they went with a live action movie aided by a good amount of computer graphics, which is one of the highlights of the film.
The main plot of the movie remains the same, as Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is raised by wolves and is sent off to find his kind. This is due to the tiger Shere Kahn hunting him and the wolves he has grown up with. On his quest, he runs into Baloo the bear that serves as a friend to get Mowgli through the troubles he is going through.
With an amazing voice-acting cast including Bill Murray (Baloo), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), and Christopher Walken (King Louie), the cast brings each character to life. A highlight of these actors would be Bill Murray. His performance brought the usual comedic, sarcastic, yet charismatic character Murray is known for, and could be compared to Robin Williams as the Genie in “Aladdin”, another great Disney film.
The other incredible aspect of this movie is the special effects. Mowgli interacts with tons of Computer Generated Imaging animals and the actor not only plays with them well, but they are breath taking. Realistic, but personified in the most unique way to allow the audience to relate and feel for the animals because of how human-like they feel. “The Jungle Book” is an incredible telling of a classic story supported by an amazing cast, incredible directing and a special effects team that deserves a lot of credit. This movie is a must