Review : The Jungle Book (Neel Sethi)
bollywood3.com Rating : 3.25/5
Director : Jonathan Kolia Favreau
Producer : Brigham Taylor
Music Director : John Debney
Starring : Neel Sethi
The Jungle Book is the next installment in the growing list of Disney live action remakes that have so far turned out to be relatively average. This is by far the best of the bunch as it brings back memories of the original Jungle Book that used to be one of the most watched Disney films in India back in the 1990’s. Let’s see how this reboot of the original fares.
Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is a human boy raised by a pack of wolves Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o) and Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) ever since he was brought to them as a baby by a black panther, Bagheera (Ben Kingsley).
When the feared Bengal tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) threatens Mowgli’s life since man isn’t allowed in the jungle, the wolf pack are forced to send Mowgli to a man village. Guided by Bagheera and Baloo the bear (Bill Murray), he sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the man-hunting Shere Khan.
Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who try to use him for the best of their interests. The rest of the story is the journey of Mowgli and how he manages to escape from the clutches of Shere Khan.
One of the biggest asset for Jungle Book are the incredible CGI effects that seamlessly sync the animals to appear as authentic and original as possible. The technical prowess that Disney possess and managed to create such an amazing world where we actually feel the creatures are real is incredible.
The young actor, Neil Sethi, enthralls you with his acting in his debut. It is certainly appreciable that the kid had to imagine his environments and creatures while acting and he pulls it off to the tee. The overall plot of the film stays very faithful to the original film, barring a few changes.
The film also captures the emotions of all the creatures beautifully and the basic theme is carried out throughout the film. The whole film is entertaining and will be especially enjoyed by the kids.
One of the negative points of Jungle Book is that being a Disney film, it tends to get certainly dark in a few places. Tiny, sudden jolts may give the jeepers to little kids, but these are sparse and few in-between.
Also, a few characters like Kaa the snake are given very short screen time which makes it seem like they have been included just for namesake. The film also drags just a bit during the anti-climax. It tends to move a little too slow at times, especially during the whole King Louie episode.
The whole story about “Red Flower” can be a little too much for kids to apprehend.
As already said, the technical prowess of the film is absolutely stunning. CGI Effects are as amazing as they can get. Background score by John Debney certainly elevates the happenings on the screen. Editing is on par, although two tiny songs could have beet cut. Dialogues are entertaining as well as understandable for all ages.
Coming to director Jon Favreau, he is known for directing the first two parts of Iron Man. Jon excels in bringing a true-to-original live action flick. He also sets a bar for the upcoming Disney live action films and he certainly knows the divine quality of his work which helped him in bringing out the best. Jon also succeeds in blending the CGI effects with live action perfectly.
Overall, Jungle Book is certainly a film that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Although a few times the film can get dark for a kids movie, these parts are easily overshadowed by rest of the film which manages to promise a roller-coaster of a ride. Jungle Book is a film that will bring back old memories for adults while kids will be making new ones.
bollywood3.com Rating : 3.25/5
Reviewed by Sathvick