The Jungle Book (2016) – 4.5/5

Entertaining and enjoyable like any other Disney movie, The Jungle Book manages to erase the line between fantasy and reality with gorgeous visuals and extraordinary effects. Walt Disney Studios has started to re-make its long time classics, and so far, they have been doing an incredible job. In the Jungle Book, Director Jon Favreau and his team place a real boy in a fictional world and bring back the essence of the original Disney film, only this time, adapted for adults.

The characterization is spot on. It is difficult to think of the animals having any other voices, most specifically Shere Khan, Baloo, and Kaa. I could not have been happier with these. Neel Sethi as Mowgli does a great job for his age and experience. It must be tough to act in the middle of green screens, without any inspiration or a full set surrounding you, but he did it. Although he did not do most of the talking, I was never bothered by his acting, and he had the right attitude to play the part.

If there was anything the could ruin the movie, was the singing. I was truly dreading this part. Having no idea how they were going to pull off multiple songs were the animals sing and dance alongside Mowgli, it was a big surprise (almost relief) how beautifully it was done. There was just the right amount of singing and humming done in just the right way.

The Jungle Book is an extraordinary film and an example of how there doesn’t necessarily need to be a separation between reality and fiction. It is unbelievable to see how perfectly everything works, and how even though the special effects are everywhere from beginning to end, they seem to be pretty much nonexistent.

Learn more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes


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