By Mandela Wells
“The Jungle Book” is a story that I loved dearly as a kid when I was out living in Africa for 3 years. I used to watch twice a day some days, I loved it that much. Although as I got older and I started watching more adult content “The Jungle book” is still a movie that holds a special place in my heart. I must say I was a little iffy if it was right to do a live action version of this 1967 story. However upon watching the film I must say the attempt was pretty good, It did have some major flaws but this movie wasn’t terrible by no means. It actually was almost hit a home run.
So we all know the story of young man cub Moglwi (Neel Sethi) who lives in the jungle among his caretakers which include the panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), the wolves Raksha (Lupita N’yongo) and Akela (Giancarlo Esposito). Moglwi is forced to leave when it is made known that tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) wants to kill him. Along the way he meets a care free bear named Baloo (Bill Murray) who helps him find his way as he must build up the courage he needs to face the fearsome tiger.
So the movie I must say was visually impressive. Very large scale jungle here that the animation creators made. The voice acting here is really great. Idris Elba is terrific as Shere khan. He was fierce, aggressive and commands presence as a tiger should. Bill Murray really did well as Baloo the bear. I was surprised the bear necessities in this film was actually not bad. Ben Kingsley was definitely the father type figure here. very wise and protective panther here. Overall the animation of the animals was really good on top of the great voice acting.
So the flaws of this film in my opinion came from the fact that the film came off to me more so as one that would have been great if it was just animals and they were dealing with this kind of drama. so the directing wasn’t that great in my view. Also I didn’t care much for Neel Sethi’s performance in here. it will get his foot in the door for Hollywood but this is not anything to remarkable here.
I did like the camera angles they used here. It has plenty of elements that will appeal to kids. I don’t mention this often but the sound mixing and editing was tremendous. Finally Some of the fight scenes were well made.
So I’d say see it for the sake of checking out a decent Disney flick but don’t go in thinking this will be greatest adaptation you’ve ever seen of this story.
Image by Comingsoon.net (http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/668411-jungle-book-cast-photos-pair-actors-with-animals#/slide/1)