06 July 2016

The New Jungle Book

We recently saw Disney's 2016 version of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. The exceptional CGI of the new version make it a far more realistic experience than the animated 1967 version. With only a few musical allusions to the original, the new version avoids unnecessary sweetness in its retelling of a coming-of-age story. Its realism notwithstanding, The Jungle Book is appropriate for all but the youngest of its potential audience.

Bill Murray and Ben Kingsley underplay their voice-overs as Baloo and Bagheera and one would hardly recognize the voices of Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, and Gary Shandling ... at least, I didn't recognize them. Young Neel Sethi was very good as Mowgli playing a live role against what must have been almost exclusively a blue screen.

In short, we highly recommend this film for audiences of almost all ages.

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