Movie Review: The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is visually stunning, transports you into a dream world, and adds magic to the big screen. This is truly deserving of big screen 3D entertainment.

Rudyard Kipling would be so proud of director Jon Favreau today, with what he has done to his classic ‘The Jungle Book’. Jon has brought the jungle alive on screen with lovely, expansive space of flora and fauna. Let us though inform you that this jungle is almost completely created using technology and computers. And that makes this adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book’ a spectacle to behold worthy of the big screen.

While some of you are already aware of the story, or have read the book – there are quite a few out there, who are new to this story, and our dear friend Mowgli. Mowgli (Neel Sethi), is a young boy/Man-cub, a member of the jungle world for long, raised by wolves led by Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) and Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o). Despite being diferent from the animals, Mowgli is like family and largely accepted by other animals in the jungle – until tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) appears on the screen.

So what is Shere Khan’s problem – he permanently damaged an eye while in an encounter with a human. And so naturally, his desire is to kill Mowgli. But he cannot – due to a peace agreement among animals in times of a drought. Well that gives our young lad Mowgli, a chance to escape. Bagheera (Sir Ben Kingsley), the Black Panther, Mowgli’s savior from the past, agrees to help him reach the man village. The trip through the jungle is not going to be an easy one- it’s full of strange perils and adventures. And that forms the crux of the story. No spoilers we hope!

We are sure, if viewers are informed that the animals in the film are real, they would believe it – but then the exact opposite s true. Hence The Jungle Book is a benchmark film in the domain of CGI, and will continue to be a living proof of what technology can do with movies. If Avatar was impressive, The Jungle Book will leave you spellbound with its astonishing visuals, and world-class animation. Neel Sethi as Mowgli is par excellence, and lives the role. We can’t imagine any other kid play this character. He is simply…superb!

The Jungle Book is a film wonder that has to seen on the big screen. There are some plots and sub-plots that do increase the screen time – but that only means some more minutes of sheer jungle beauty and visuals.

So even as you know what’s coming next –  every scene is a treat to watch and marvel.

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