The Jungle Book

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The Jungle Book

Jon Favreau (2016)

101min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Not just a remake of the 1967 animated classic, Iron Man director Jon Favreau's jaw-dropping jungle adventure also returns to the original Rudyard Kipling novel as a source to enchant a new generation of viewers. He follows orphaned little "man cub" Mowgli (Neel Sethi), who was raised in the jungle by wolves but whose continued survival there is thrown into jeopardy by the sinister tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba). It's a tough task to follow up such a beloved Disney movie, but Favreau creates a gorgeous film that finds magic and wonder in the Oscar-winning, CGI-enabled action rather than song-and-dance numbers (although a couple of classic tunes remain). The animals Mowgli encounters are staggeringly realistic and the superbly chosen voice cast puts a fresh spin on familiar scenes. Bill Murray seems born to play the sarcastic, good-natured Baloo, while Elba's Shere Khan is a more ferocious villain than we've seen in the past. Epic and a whole lot of fun, this take on The Jungle Book stays true to the "Bare Necessities" as well as feeling shiny and new.

Summary

A boy is raised by animals in the jungles of India, but his carefree life is threatened by the return of a fierce tiger with a grudge against humans. The youngster faces a difficult choice between remaining with his friends or returning to his own people. Live action remake of Disney's animated adventure based on Rudyard Kipling's stories, starring Neel Sethi, with the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Idris Elba.

Cast & Crew

Mowgli Neel Sethi
Baloo Bill Murray
Shere Khan Idris Elba
Bagheera Ben Kingsley
Kaa Scarlett Johansson
King Louie Christopher Walken
Raksha Lupita Nyong'o
Akela Giancarlo Esposito
Director Jon Favreau
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: WDSMP UKAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Apr 2016
Children's Drama