Opening Day Review: Disney’s The Jungle Book

THE JUNGLE BOOK - (L-R) MOWGLI and BAGHEERA. ©2015 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Finally, a remake done right. I really couldn’t think of anything I would have done differently with The Jungle Book. I don’t recall seeing anything Jon Favreau direct that was not good but he was on top of his game with this one.

The special effects added to the movie and did not distract from it, however, we went to a 3D screening and being in 3D did not add anything to it. I would recommend a regular 2D showing. The CGI was spot on as the animals seemed very life-like. The movie had “I wanna be like you” and “Bare Necessities” which gave it just enough nostalgia from the 1967 animation version.

Disney’s The Jungle Book movie poster

Overall, I recommend you go see this and see it on the big screen for the best experience.

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. But 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.

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This post brought to you by Disney Enterprises, Inc.. Our family was invited to an early screening of the movie. All opinions are 100% mine.