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The Jungle Book

  • Children's
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Jon Favreau
  • 101 mins
  • PG
    More info: UK: General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
WDSMP UK
Released on
2016-04-15
Language
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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MowgliNeel Sethi
BalooBill Murray
Shere KhanIdris Elba
BagheeraBen Kingsley
KaaScarlett Johansson
King LouieChristopher Walken
RakshaLupita Nyong'o
AkelaGiancarlo Esposito

Crew

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DirectorJon Favreau
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