Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley & Christopher Walken
The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don't have his best interests at heart.
The first thing I will say about this live action version of the classic Jungle Book is WOW!!!
Remaking such a well loved classic is a challenge I would not fancy but Jon Favreau has done a spectacular job here. It is in movies like this where CGI is magical. When watching a horror I like my practical SFX but in The Jungle Book you can appreciate the state of the art CGI enviroments and infact very little of what you see is real apart from Mowgli himself. but the film from start to finish was a visual delight.
Neel Sethi who played Mowgli was like he had just jumped out of the cartoon version, everything about him echoed the animated character and I dont think they could have cast a a more perfect actor for the role . Bill Marray was brilliant as Baloo and I was thoroughly entertained by Walken as King Louie.
Thank god they kept the songs The Bear Necessities and I wanna be Like You or I would have been highly disappointed. Both myself and my daughter had great fun singing along. The movie has both humour and darkness which Favreau balanced perfectly.
The Jungle Book truly is a magical film that both adults and children will love. I highly recommend it.