“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
That friends, is one of the most memorable lines we’ve heard from a movie. It’s a line that tells exactly what The Jungle Book is about; identifying oneself to a group and drawing strength in numbers. It’s one of the core lessons in Director Jon Favreau’s remake of the Disney classic, The Jungle Book, and it sure got us feeling like little kids again!
You’ve got to enjoy the bare necessities of life.
Starring an array of quality actors such as Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, and Scarlett Johansson, Jungle Book is like a staple meal with a few spices to give it a great kick. A young newcomer, Neel Sethi, is one of the new spices we’re talking about here, and he makes the movie fresh and exciting as can be!
Now let’s cut to the chase (pun intended) as we now welcome you to the jungle!
The Tale of the Man-cub
The Jungle Book follows the story of Mowgli (Sethi), a young boy living in the jungle. Mowgli was discovered by a Panther named Bagheera (Kingsley) as a baby, after his father was killed by the vicious Tiger, Shere Khan (Elba). Knowing that Mowgli, like all humans, must be raised in a family, Bagheera hands him over to the wolfpack where he was raised by a female wolf, Raksha (Nyong’o) and the alpha male Akela (Esposito).
Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle from his mentor, Bagheera.
As the seasons pass Shere Khan and Mowgli would cross paths once again, an event that would put the man-cub and his wolf family in great danger. With that, Mowgli with the help of Bagheera and the carefree Sloth bear Baloo (Murray), decides to return to his home - the human village. But Shere Khan will stop at nothing to kill the man-cub, exercising a plot that would lure Mowgli back in the jungle. An imminent battle between the two happens as they come face-to-face with each other once again.
..and he learns how to live the good life with Baloo the Bear.
A Majestic Re-telling of A Timeless Classic
There’s this saying that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But sometimes, as a certain bear would say, you don’t have to break the rules, but maybe you can bend them a little bit. This might be Jon Favreau’s mindset while making the movie. The remake absolutely brings out the magical enigma of the original animated film, of course there were a few changes made, but these changes were done for the better. It was an upgrade that gave the film a seamless effect.
Unlike the old version of the movie that inspired playfulness, Favreau’s remake screams, or more appropriately, roars a single word - EPIC. The script, for one, had humor here and there, but it wasn’t overdone to the point where the movie was too childish. It had wit but it wasn’t too smart for its own good, the mix of everything in the movie was just right. An amazing feat as the only human actor in every scene was the young Neel Sethi.
Neel Sethi makes a grand entrance in Hollywood with this movie.
A Dash of CGI...and… Perfect!
If you’re into the whole CGI/effects aspect of a movie, Jungle Book is your go-to film. We never could’ve imagined this remake could capture an absolute reality from the minds of Favreau and crew. From the get-go, upon seeing the trailer, we thought sure it had cool effects but we’ve got a feeling this will be a disaster. We were proven wrong. The film will bring out the child in you, but with more awe since all the animal characters and the scenery was made to perfection.
An added bonus to this movie is the cast. It was perfect, Idris Elba’s angsty and dominating take on Shere Khan creeps us to the bone, and don’t even get us started on Scarlett Johansson as the slithery seductress, Kaa. Her soothing voice nails the transformed portrayal of the once cowardly snake. Note: Don’t leave the theaters during credits scene. ScarJo delivers a sexy song after the movie!
We can’t get enough of movies that exceed our expectations, and Jungle Book erased every doubt in our minds. Perfect casting, amazing effects, and epic character interpretation made this movie one for the books. With that settled, we give The Jungle Book 9 out of 10 movie stars!
The Jungle Book made its silver screen debut last April 7, 2016 and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Bring back the child in you, unleash your wild side, and catch the epic adventure into the jungle with GMovies!