Bear, Man, Tiger, Snake, you will find them all in The Jungle Book and you will find an epic adventure that will have you laughing, tearing up, and of course rooting for Mowgli. It is hard to believe that this childhood movie favorite is actually coming to life on the big screen in a live adventure. It seems like only yesterday I was watching The Jungle Book on the big screen in theaters and suddenly it seems to be deja vu as The Jungle Book is about to become live, action and epic adventure. I got to take a sneak peek at The Jungle Book and all I am wondering is who else is ready for The Jungle Book because its debut is here! Get ready for fun in the jungle, and a beautiful journey that Mowgli will take, proving he belongs with his pack in the jungle and not with the man villages. Let’s get the inside scoop about The Jungle Book as it the movie is about to open and I can’t wait to lavishly share a bit about the movie.
Who Is Ready For The Jungle Book ?
It was so different viewing this as a live adventure than of course as it was depicted before. I will say this, newcomer Neel Sethi (Mowgli) is perfectly portrayed and embraces his character well. For those that have never seen the classic movie, there will be no doubt that this movie will be swinging into the hearts of everyone that watches.
The realistic look, the honest feel of emotion and the spirited Mowgli contribute well to each role and then there is Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray), who will have you laughing with his witty banter, and loving his realistic approach to molding Mowgli even it is is for his own benefit. Baloo brings Mowgli into his own, honing his skills to open his mind to endless possibilities and what makes him special.
Bagheera (Voice of Ben Kingsley) will guide Mowgli through his journey, and while attempting to keep him on the path that must be walked, he does feel the angst this child has as to having to leave the Jungle. Bagheera is the voice of reason that Mowgli respects and the voice that he looks to when he wants to feel better about his accomplishments.
Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba) was fierce and often caught us off guard with this lashing, and I will say I am not convinced that a young child would be so happy to see what animals do to animals ( in reference to Akela being thrown to his death) nor how fierce he is when interacting with other characters. The realistic maneuvers, the banter and his demeanor are all fierce and very dark. I jumped a few times not even expecting to.
King Louie is larger than life and his singing is captivating. The scene between he and Mowgli as they move throughout the ruins is a bit intense, so hold on to your seat!
The music is delightful, the live action, environment (scenery) and the photorealistic CGI animals mesh together and provide an intense action adventure centered around the adventures of Mowgli as he attempts to head to his man village.
Let’s get the official Boilerplate: (what the movie is about)
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves.
Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray).
Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.
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Get ready to lavishly live The Jungle Book out loud, April 15. THE JUNGLE BOOK opens in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 15th!