I can’t say I’ve ever read or watched the original Jungle book but I saw the trailer for the 2016 version and I immediately fell in love. I love animals so much so that alone sold it to me but I was more intrigued to see how the movie was made and how realistic the animals were.
Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.
I am mind blown by the technology that has gone into this film. The animals and rain forrest are all so realistic. Some films with talking animals are a bit cringe with the way they talk, this was something I did think about when going to watch the movie but there was never a point of the film that I thought oh no it’s a talking animal. While it’s not normal for animals to talk other characteristics of the animals were very life like which I thought enhanced the believability of and obviously fictional movie.
I feel the voices of the animals were really suited to their characters. I especially liked Bill Murray as the bear. While the bear was extremely cheeky he has a very genuine caring side as well which was really nice. Most of the time you think of bears as being scary beasts but this bear has Mowgli’s best intentions at hear… After he gets his honey of course.
I do love a good adventure and this is definitely one massive adventure. The landscape and scenery is so picturesque, meeting all of the animals along the way is amazing. I still can’t get over how realistic all of the animals were. The mannerisms and movements were so real while the cgi used to create the animals was so pristine. You could see each and every hair on the animals it was incredible to see.
I wouldn’t say the movie is life changing or even really that thought provoking but if you’re wanting to blob out watch a movie and just enjoy it for what it is this is the movie for you.
Overall I would give this a 7/10.