Year of Release: 2016
Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Garry Shandling, Brighton Rose
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8
Synopsis & Review:
"The Jungle Book" is a book that uses fables, where animals are given anthropomorphic qualities to give moral lessons. The work from Rudyard Kipling (he was awarded the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1907) has been a classic since being released in 1894, and has been adapted to the screen multiple times (Disney has released the animated version directed by Wolfgang Reitherman in 1967, and subsequent ones such as the live version one with Jason Scott Lee in 1994, directed by Stephen Sommers). Jon Favreau's version is a beautiful accomplishment, in the sense that it smartly combines the themes of belonging, growing up and family, while simultaneously having an ecological and environmental conscience. The film also successfully brings the story to life for a new generation, and does so with visual effects that are simply stunning: the animations of the jungle and animals, are simply fantastic. The film looks superb, and the voice cast is impeccable, particularly Bill Murray and Ben Kingsley, who lend their charisma to the characters Baloo and Bagheera respectively. It's a film that has an impeccable momentum and one that definitely has an impact, with just the right amount of humor and darkness. A very good film worth watching.