I can still remember watching The Jungle Book as a child and dancing around the room to The Bare Necessities. We had it on VHS – remember those? And It was pretty well used. Teddy hasn’t seen the original so cant expect him to really have any clue about the songs but I was pretty sure he would enjoy it for all the animals anyways.
The first thing that strikes you is how amazing the film actually looks. It must have been shot in a special way because the detail and realism was pretty epic. I was concerned going into this how I would feel about talking animals that weren’t ‘animated’ and I can assure you I found it odd. Some of the wolves when they spoke were especially uncomfortable.
The story itself its a homage to the Original Disney Classic. With some bending and weaving that I certainly don’t remember. While the pacing was way off I didn’t find myself struggling too badly. Not sure how I would have felt at a Cinema however and probably would have found myself a bit bored. I wasn’t overly impressed with how the ending was abruptly thrown on you either.
Bill Murray as Baloo was a particular highlight of this film and his ‘persona’ and voice suit the character perfectly. Idris Elba was perfect as Shere khan. Is there anything he cannot do? Not a fan of Scarlett Johansson voicing the Snake Kaa. But Ben Kingsley as Bagheera was well suited and rounded off not a bad set of main characters.
Overall this movie was better than I expected it to be however I wouldn’t have wanted to pay to see it at the Cinema. Teddy didn’t get too into it but at parts was pretty impressed with some of the Animals. So I would say that its probably suited to older kids or adults wanting to relive their childhood through slightly foggy glasses!