Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Garry Shandling
The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don't have his best interests at heart.
This is a review on the movie and not the book. This movie mainly only contained the characters and the settings of the book, because the rest of the book was just not in the movie at all. Disney basically took their animated movie and turned it into a live action movie with a ton of CGI special effects. Disney succeeded in making a visually entertaining movie, but they fail at telling the complete story. That is what I was hoping to see.
The movie itself was great to watch on a visual level. The matching up and overlaying of all of the different pieces of each scene was flawless. You could not really see a different in any of it. It just look like this kid was walking around in the jungle talking to these animals. There was nothing but top notch special effects through the whole movie.
The voice over work was well done. It was fun trying to figure out who was doing the voices while watching the movie. The little boy could have been played by any kid with a darker skin tone. He did look a lot like the character in the cartoon, but I guess that was what they were really going for.
The sad part is that with all of the money that was put into the movie and all of the work on the special effects, it was still an average movie. It has just been made too many times for it to be really exciting to see for a newer audience. It would take a lot more to wow this younger generation. I am sure there was a lot of older people that liked it more than their children.
I love Disney, and I am a huge fan of all of it. This was just not a movie that cared for at all. I was not even interested in seeing it when the trailer came out. It is another movie that looks really good and is well made, but there just is not story that anyone would want to care for. I know many people will still go and watch it, and many of you will like it. Enjoy.
The Jungle Book (2016) Trailer