About The Jungle Book:
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), 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 smooth-talking 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 audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.
Although, I'm sure I've seen the original animated version of The Jungle Book from 1967, I couldn't recall the story and chose not to watch it prior to screening the new live action The Jungle Book of 2016.
The all new The Jungle Book is a movie that's intense, full of action, surprises, tricks and suspense. It kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the film, but there were several lighter scenes that provoked genuine laughter and balanced out the intensity.
Going into the movie, I was really looking forward to the music in this version of the film. While most of the soundtrack is instrumental, Disney didn't disappoint me! They included the classic, The Bare Necessities. It was one of my favorite moments of the screening, and it's definitely a can't-miss scene.
If there is one big reason to see The Jungle Book, it's to see just how far animation has come. I don't think the animals could have been any more realistic.
The animals talk throughout the movie, but because they're so real, it's easy to forget they are not supposed to talk.
In addition, Disney definitely chose the perfect actors and actresses for each animal. They really captured the personality of each one.
It was great to see and feel all of the animals try so hard to win the audience over, each taking turns pretending to be nice and genuine. It's tough to decide who the actual nice ones are, especially while watching Mowgli believe so many as genuine and helpful.
The Jungle Book is rated PG; the animals are so realistic and the conflicts between them are also very real. And, as I said earlier, the movie is full of action and suspense, balanced with a little humor.
If you haven't seen it already, be sure to check out the official trailer for The Jungle Book:
On a final, spoiler-free note: be sure to stay till the end of the credits when you go see The Jungle Book!