★★★★★ – “A visual treat.”
The Jungle Book is directed by Jon Favreau and stars Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Gary Shandling and Giancarlo Esposito.
Mowgli is a man-cub, raised among wolves in the jungle. After a threat from Shere Khan, the rancorous tiger, Mowgli must flee the jungle and head back to his own kind. He meets a kind bear called Baloo and as they journey through the jungle they share a friendly connection.
Jon Favreau is a wonderful director who will stop at nothing to deliver absolute brilliance. The Jungle Book is a spectacle to be witnessed on the big screen. It’s visually stunning and this is a perfect example of how practical and CGI interactions can work, fluently.
Although this is a children’s tale, it has been revamped for the adult audience alike and will undoubtedly please all movie-goers. The direction and screenplay is perfect. There’s never a dull moment, which is something I was worrying about before seeing it. The pacing is non-stop with an incredible amount of vibrancy in characters and the jungle itself.
Acting all around is fantastic! From Christopher Walken as King Louie, to Bill Murray as Baloo. And Neel Sethi as Mowgli to Idris Elba as Shere Khan. This is genius casting by Sarah Finn.
The music by John Debney is beautiful. It finds itself as a love-letter to the original songs (especially The Bare Necessities) and Debney plays on that with his own touch of heart.
My verdict; The Jungle Book is an incredible feat in computer generated filmmaking and combines that with live-action characters and environments with an outstanding visual design. This is definitely to be experienced on the big screen.
The Jungle Book – ★★★★★ (9/10)