The Jungle Book follows 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.
If more than anything this live action adaptation helmed by Jon Favreau, the first of two with the Warner Brother’s adaptation headed by Andy Serkis to be released in 2018, it’s a brilliant visual achievement and blends reality with the computer generated and voice acted animals accompanied by Neel Sathir’s Mowgli. It’s an imaginative interpretation that adequately captures the spirit of the original 1894 novel written by Rudyard Kipling and mixing it with the known and well loved songs of the 1967 Disney animated film, bringing it to life in a new way.
Growing up, I never was a fan of the story or the Disney film but this doesn’t mean the film wasn’t enjoyable. I understood the themes and of friendship, family, compassion, love, and survival, and was satisfied with the ending even though this adaptation proved itself, in a positive way, to deviate a little from it’s original source material. The enormity of the project helps the audience engage in the tale assisted by the stellar ensemble providing quite an emotional connection and charm for many to the story although I still remain entirely convinced by the film that possibly can be pinned down to the inability to truly connect with the project.
Overall, I enjoyed the film even though I wasn’t entirely a fan of the original story growing up.