The Jungle Book Film Review

Film Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.

The Review
Not sure there is much to say about this film other than Disney have yet again smashed it out of the park. This is one of the best re-boots of all time. It is a visually stunning film with plenty of emotion wrapped around an interesting and compelling family story of love, acceptance and friendship.

The CGI is seamlessly blended with the live action to make a film that is completely visually believable in all areas and something to really enjoy. Even though they have picked an awesome voice cast for all of the animals I have to say that this kid is something rather special. Neel Sethi is going to be a huge star and if what he was able to bring to the character of Mowgli is anything to go by, we are going to see a lot more of him in the future.

In regards to the animal voices it is interesting to note that  while Bill Murray voices Baloo in this film; his older brother Brian Doyle-Murray had voiced Baloo in 1998’s The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story. Plus this is the first time that Kaa the Snake is portrayed as a female, rather than a male. Jon Favreau said the change was a deliberate one, as he felt there were too many male characters in The Jungle Book. I think this is a great move to attempt to bring more female characters into the story and certainly doesn’t hurt the storyline or take away from respecting the original source material.

I couldn't love the voice casting of this film any more than I do as every role seems to fit perfectly. From Bill Murray as Balloo through to the amazing and comanding Edris Ilba as Shere Khan and of course Sir Ben Kingsley is outstanding as Bagheera. He brings a really maturity and yet loving nature to this pivotal character.

The Verdict
The perfect film, but a little too scary for the little kids… perfect for everyone else…

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 21st April 2016
Rating: TBC
Duration: 106 minutes 
Genre:  Fantasy
Starring:  Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray and Neel Sethi
Director: Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2)

The Extras
In The Jungle Book (1967), King Louie was an orangutan; in this film, he's a gigantopithecus, an ancestor of the orangutan whose range is believed to have included parts of India. This change in species was made to make the film more fantastic and since orangutans are not native to India.

The talking animals in this film were created using animal behavior, then having the actors copy those movements in motion-capture VFX.

All the locations in the film are computer-generated VFX.

Baloo whistles "The Bare Necessities", a song from The Jungle Book (1967).

Bill Murray's debut Disney movie.

The wolf cubs in the film are named after motion capture actors and other crew members.