Film
‘Jungle Book’ special effects roar

The new live-action Jungle Book is captivating, to say the least; true to its origins, the famous story by Rudyard Kipling, and featuring incredible digital effects, director Jon Favreau’s creation truly brought the jungle to life. The movie was packed with action, drama, even a couple of moments that made me jump–all while never losing that magical Disney storybook feeling. Favreau did a wonderful job of taking the original story of The Jungle Book and bringing every aspect of it to life in a way that we’ve never seen. 

The Jungle Book tells the tale of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a young human boy who has been raised by a pack of wolves since a very young age. He lived a peaceful life in the jungle with the wolves and a panther, Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), until a vengeful tiger set its sights upon Mowgli. The fearsome and powerful Shere Khan (Idris Elba) would stop at nothing to get the boy, which is why Bagheera planned on taking Mowgli back to civilization–the only place he would be safe. But Mowgli and Bagheera were soon separated, leaving Mowgli alone deep in the jungle. On his journey of self-discovery, Mowgli crossed paths with an enchanting python, Kaa (Scarlett Johansson); a sarcastic bear, Baloo (Bill Murray); and Louie (Christopher Walken), the gigantic king of the apes. Along the way, Mowgli found the courage to be himself and overcome his fears, eventually leading to a suspenseful showdown between the jungle and Shere Khan.

Did I mention that the special effects were amazing? This film has surely set a new standard for CGI with its stunning and realistic visuals. I enjoyed hearing some familiar voices, but personally did not like Neel Sethi as Mowgli. To be fair, he is just a kid, but the acting was honestly subpar and I don’t think that Sethi really fit the part. Despite this minor detail, I was entranced by the movie… and the new reclining seats at Regal Cinemas in Mason. Favreau brought me to a different world with his modern adaptation of The Jungle Book, which is sure to become a Disney classic, and I’m hoping that a sequel is in the making.

Lydia Berg

By Lydia Berg

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