WOW. I was skeptical about the concept of a live-action The Jungle Book, but Jon Favreau created a faithful masterpiece of an adaptation.
If you don’t know what The Jungle Book is about, the story follows the man cub Mowgli (played to perfection by Neel Sethi). After Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba) discovers a man cub exists, he makes it his mission to hunt the little boy down and kill him. To ensure Mowgli’s safety, Bagheera (Sir Ben Kingsley), Baloo (Bill Murray), and Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o) shepherd him to the Red Flower and endanger their own lives to save his.
The performances are excellent. All of the above mentioned actors are phenomenal, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa and Christopher Walken as King Louie wrap up a starry, strong voice cast.
The visuals are gorgeous. Rarely did I feel like I was watching CGI animals; they look incredibly lifelike. The vistas are beautiful and bright, and every time Shere Khan made an appearance, the environment would darken to signify his presence.
This isn’t a different take on the original story, so you’ll be disappointed if you wanted a different story. If you love the original animated Disney film, though, you’ll find plenty to love about this adaptation.
Also, this film contains scenes that will definitely scare younger children, so please be aware of that before showing it to your youngster.
This is a beautiful, well-acted adaptation of the classic Disney film that begs to be watched and savored. Your heart will ache for Mowgli and you’ll soon forget that you’re not in the jungle, you’re on your couch.