Movie Review: The Jungle Book

Stars: 4/5
Cast: Neel Sethi, [Voices] Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson. Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Jon Favreau, Sam Raimi
Direction:  Jon Favreau
Genre:       Adventure
Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes
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Story: Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale of a young boy brought up in the jungle by various animals is brought to life once again on the big screen in a fittingly wonderful way. Mowgli leads a peaceful and happy life with a wolf pack led by Akela (Esposito) and Raksha (Nyong’o) until the tiger Shere Khan (Elba) enters the scene, bearing an old grudge and an insatiable desire for revenge.

Review: If you go to the cinema to watch a movie that will draw you into a fantasy world of wonder, Favreau’s retelling of this story – which so many of us remember from childhood – manages to weave that magic. We all know how the story plays out. With the panther Bagheera’s (Kingsley) help, Mowgli (Sethi) tries to stay away from Shere Khan. He also encounters the devious python Kaa (Johansson), a super-sized orangutan with a soul-singer’s baritone named King Louie (Walken) desperate to obtain the ‘red flower'( which is fire) and of course, Baloo the grizzly bear (Murray). These are the key characters, but you’ll also be delighted to discover a few new entrants along the way as well. It all builds on the charm of the 1967 film, which by itself is a must watch for any child.