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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Andy Serkis
  • 104 mins
  • 12A

Summary

A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This part-animated take on The Jungle Book was due to come out in 2016 until Disney released its own live-action/CGI remake and forced a rethink. Andy Serkis's version of the Rudyard Kipling story about Mowgli (Rohan Chand), a human raised in the jungle who struggles to find his place in life, is hamstrung by the fact that the most popular reference point still comes from the 1967 Disney cartoon. Stripped of comedy and song, the film sits in a dour netherworld - too dark and scary for young viewers, too simplistic for adults. Much of the time is spent waiting for someone to make a move, and when the action does arrive, Mowgli's relationships are too underdeveloped to deliver a sense of peril. Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett are among the stars voicing the animal characters but their human-like facial features are decidedly off-putting, while the actual humans that aren't Chand are two dimensional, with Freida Pinto's inconsequential appearance particularly baffling. Staying faithful to the source material can't cover up the fact that this is a version that has been better told elsewhere.

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Credits

Cast

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MowgliRohan Chand
BagheeraChristian Bale
Shere KhanBenedict Cumberbatch
KaaCate Blanchett
BalooAndy Serkis
John LockwoodMatthew Rhys
MessuaFreida Pinto
NishaNaomie Harris
Brother WolfJack Reynor
HathiJonathan Rhys Meyers
TabaquiTom Hollander
VihaanEddie Marsan

Crew

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DirectorAndy Serkis

Details

Theatrical distributor
Curzon Artificial Eye
Released on
2018-11-29
Languages
English | Hindi
Guidance
Some violence
Formats
Colour
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