Disney are currently retelling their much loved stories in a live action format and it has recently been confirmed that they are planning on remaking nine in total. Maleficent and Cinderella had great success when they were released in 2014 and 2015. Jungle Book has been the most recent release, how will it fair in comparison?

Trailer

Synopsis

Man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle following a threat from the evil tiger Shere Khan. Whilst making his journey to the man village, under the supervision of Bagheera and Baloo, Mowgli embarks on an adventure of a lifetime and self-discovery; meeting a variety of different animals along his way.


Review

If I was to sum this film up in one word I would choose brilliant and this is mainly because I sat transfixed at how lifelike the animals were throughout the entire thing. They looked incredible and at times it was hard to tell whether they were animated or not.I was fascinated at the minor detail and clear precision that made these animals look as real as possible. One tiny thing that keeps replaying in my head was when Shere Khan was speaking to Akela; I noticed a fly was buzzing around Shere Khans head, his ear twitched as it zipped past making it seem extremely realistic and showing how intricate each moment was.Neel Sethi, who played Mowgli, was a great actor especially considering the other characters and scenery weren’t really there with him on set. It’s more than likely that throughout the time he was filming, he would have been talking to a broom which had a photo of Baloo stuck to it. That’s no easy job, I know I wouldn’t be able to do it – not convincingly anyway.

 

One of my favourite characters was the cunning and mischievous King Louie played by Christopher Walken. The classic scene where Mowgli was captured and taken to the monkey ruins didn’t disappoint as King Louie broke into song as he told the man-cub “I want to be like you.”Although I wouldn’t have technically classed it as a musical, unlike the 1967 original, they did include the important well-known songs like the one sang by King Louis as well as Baloo’s greatest hit, “The Bearnecessities.” I’m glad they were included because I think without them the film wouldn’t have been the same.

Our Rating 4/5

Following Disney’s adaptation of Cinderella which was released last year, I was immediately interested to see how they would modernise this story. Kenneth Branagh (director for Cinderella) set the bar really high and so I was expecting great things from Jon Favreau. I’m pleased to report that I was incredibly impressed with how they turned the cartoon into an action packed family film with fantastic effects that almost seem real.The only reason I’ve decided not to give it five out of five is because some parts were quite jumpy which would put me off taking my younger cousins to see it. I’m not sure how peacefully they’d sleep at night after seeing a tiger jump out at them or having a giant orang-utan chase them.

Behind the scenes