The Jungle Book

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama, Family
Running Time:  105 min.
Release Date: April 15, 2016
DVD: August 30, 2016

Current rating: Rating: 4.28
based on 266 votes and 106 reviews
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Cast: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Neel Sethi

Synopsis

In this revamp of the classic tale, when a young boy named Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is orphaned in the jungle, he's taken in by Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) the panther, and raised by Raksha (Lupita Nyong'o), as mother wolf, alongside her cubs. Mowgli lives a peaceful life alongside the many animals of the jungle, but as he grows older, Shere Khan the tiger (Idris Elba), who hates all mankind, threatens the boy's life. It becomes increasingly clear to his friends that Mowgli should live in the "man village."

Although Mowgli's journey begins with his staunch protector Bagheera, they are soon separated. Luckily, Mowgli meets a carefree bear named Baloo (Bill Murray) and gets advice from him before being kidnapped by King Louie (Christopher Walken), the King of Apes. Mowgli fights against villains such as Shere Khan and Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) the snake and ultimately decides for himself what his future will be.

Based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling.

Director: Jon Favreau
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Producer(s): Brigham Taylor, Jon Favreau
Screenplay: Justin Marks
Official Site: disney.com/junglebook

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  • 2 stars "Was an ok movie! Not really a great remake. I expected more from Disney."
  • 5 stars "Pure Disney magic - and a nice mix of Kipling's tale and elements from the Disney animated classic. Neel Sethi is incredible as Mowgli - especially when you consider he was acting to a green screen, or Henson Workshop facsimiles of the other characters, most of the time."
  • 4 stars "Finally got to see this on the weekend. I was impressed. Adding the 2 great songs from the cartoon version in a unique way was key. Everyone says the movies rely on too much CGI nowadays, well this one, the CGI helped make the story what it was. Mowgli was a great actor considering he's a newbie in the movie world, he acted as though he'd been around talking to animals for years!"