The Jungle Book (2016 USA)

Too much CGI can go stale very fast if the story cannot keep up. The seams will start to show and the minutes will turn to hours. Looking at all the frames of The Jungle Book, other than Neel Sethi as Mowgli, everything is wall-to-wall CGI. But the sense of story is so compelling I lost myself totally in this world. I was awestruck by the level of visual details of each creature that occupies the screen. The facial expressions mirroring its running gamut of emotions, the physical movements of each animal, the pitch-perfect voicing – who wouldn’t believe they possess a human soul? Jon Favreau really cemented his directing skills with this film.

Just in case you’ve been under a rock these past fifty years, here’s a plot reminder of Rudyard Kipling’s classic work: raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther and a free-spirited bear, the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.

The performances are amazing. Neel Sethi can be referred as “a small bomb, but a loud blast”. His performance as Mowgli was terrific. Bill Murray enacts the same lazy old bear we know, and exceeds in fulfilling expectations. Ben Kingsley satisfies on delivering Bagheera. Scarlett Johannson does not provide a performance as great as the others but is good enough. The greatest vocal performance is provided by Idris Elba as Shere Khan. He outperforms everyone with a cunning and terrifying voice, which is justified by this harsh character.

A haunting remnant from the 1967 classic, The Jungle Book blooms into unspeakable greatness in the newest cinematic retelling of a literary masterpiece. Undeniably colossal in its new form, the film stands in riveting perpetuity, both on the grounds of its incredible storytelling and its dazzling visual achievement. This Jon Favreau-helmed film thrives in the real and unimaginable, riding on the lingering reminiscent spirit of its source material and the jaw- dropping wonders of its technical splendor. Imagination propels its narrative forward, fueling its core with crippling sentiments that will surely render every heart moved.

Much of this version of Jungle Book is relentlessly stirred with chaos, but there is charm in little but sweet and serene instances. The comic effort provided is contagious, euphoric even in some scenes. The tone that the film carries might separate itself from the familiar set-ups of family films that primarily target the young audience. While it could barely boast a cerebral distinction, the salient matters driving the entire story bear some recognizable sophistication, giving itself a familiar depth that utterly deserves commendation. The film manages to navigate itself toward a satisfying finish even in the midst of its imposingly devouring visuals.



  1. Excellent review, I’ve been keen to know whether to give this a go as a hardcore fan of the original Disney flick! I didn’t realise Idris Elba plays Shere Khan in this, sounds like brilliant casting to me. 😎

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  2. Thank you. Do check this one out!


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