This is an exceptional movie with stunning visuals. It’s a great adaptation of the 1967 Disney classic and the stories by Rudyard Kipling. While being a more modern and realistic approach to the story, it still manages to capture the magic and atmosphere of the original movie.
First of all I want to talk about the visuals. This movie is gorgeous. You immediately feel like you are in the jungle and not even once did I have the feeling that this was all made up. The use of special effects is terrific, you can’t see the difference between what’s real and what isn’t (and not much of it is real, so that’s even more impressive). The world that they have created is amazing and extremely big. It amazes me to think that they never even left their studio lot to go film in an actual jungle-like location.
I previously expressed my concerns about the animals and their voices when I discussed the trailer, but I’m glad that the movie changed my opinion on that. Before I saw it I was a bit sceptical about how they looked and how they spoke. Now that I’ve seen it, I can say that there’s nothing to worry about. The animals look wonderful and extremely realistic and their voices almost seem natural. John Favreau assembled an incredible voice cast. Every single one of them did a great job voicing the character and with the motion-capture as well. I can imagine it’s not easy to portray an animal and still put a lot of emotion in your performance, but these actors pulled it off in a great way. I don’t know about you, but for some reason I could clearly see Christopher Walken’s face and reactions in King Louie.
Both Bill Murray and Ben Kingsley were great companions for the young Mowgli. Their characters Baloo and Bagheera had great lines and had good things to add to the story. Idris Elba was a great choice for Shere Khan as he made the character even more menacing and made him a real threat for the other characters. For me personally, Scarlett Johansson’s Kaa could have used a bit more time on-screen.
Perhaps the most acclaim should be going to Neel Sethi, who as a first-time actor did an incredible job as Mowgli. He managed to make me believe that he was actually there and interacting with real animals. Which probably wasn’t easy as he’s the only human person on set surrounded by puppets and green screens. Sure, at some points you could say that his performance wasn’t the very best, but you have to keep in mind that he’s still very young and that the character he is playing is still a child. The majority of his lines were well-delivered and came across well. I think he was the right choice to cast as Mowgli.
“Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife”
I was glad that they kept a couple of songs from the original. They are part of the story and I feel like I would’ve been a bit disappointed if they weren’t in there. Though I do have to say that I’m glad they didn’t keep all of the songs and rather just a limited amount. I don’t know if this is considered a spoiler, but the marching song of the elephants for instance isn’t included and it’s good that it isn’t. I think it would’ve compromised the integrity of the style they are going for. Though I would have liked a longer version of that awesome instrumental rendition of The Bare Necessities (the one we already heard in the second half of this trailer). I almost forgot to mention the sequence they created to go along with the credits. That was done so well and it was great that one of the songs was one that we hadn’t heard in the movie itself.
I’m recommending this movie to everyone, whether you’re a kid, a teenager or an adult. It’s a good movie to sit back, relax and enjoy, while still having an exciting and thrilling experience. This movie offers something for everyone. I’m wondering to see how Andy Serkis’ version will compare to this one and whether I’ll like it as much. Have you seen The Jungle Book already and are you as amazed by it as I am?
I’ll see you later!