Forget about your worries and you strife with this new adaption of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, The Jungle Book. Director Jon Favreau’s use of modern animation is truly mesmerizing as he builds this story and world around young Mowgli (Neel Sethi).
At times, it’s hard to believe the world laid out before you is, in fact, the product of computers. The beautiful scenery shows the diversity of the jungle and creates homes for the multitude of animals residing there. The amount of detail put into each individual tree and animal works toward building a decidedly realistic world.
Along his journey, Mowgli finds help in the form of Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), a by the rules, regal, black panther, and Baloo (Bill Murray), a big, lovable, lazy to a fault, bear. While Bagheera stands firm with the law of the jungle, Baloo mixes things up. While the panther seeks to instill in Mowgli the importance of knowing the rules and following them, our bear does this a little different. While singing about “The Bare Necessities” Baloo goes about his life aiming to do the least amount of work possible amount of work to achieve his desired outcome.
No story is complete without its villain. Idris Elba gives voice to Shere Khan, the tiger with a taste for man-cub. While attempting to avoid Shere Khan, Mowgli comes across none other than King Louie who, voiced by Christopher Walken, treats us to a new rendition of the classic song “I Wan’na Be Like You”.
While still following the story of the Disney movie many of us loved as children, the 2016 Jungle Book takes on a slightly darker style of adventure that is sure to enthrall you.