The Jungle Book This movie is AMAZING
So this review is way late as the movie has been out for a couple of weeks, but hey I had finals and my jobs, so eh!
The Jungle Book was directed by John Favreau, with the voice acting of actors Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken, introducing Neel Sethi as the lead character Mowgli.
First let me say that the voice casting for this movie was spot on, Idris Elba (hey boo) was just so good as Shere Khan, he gave me shivers and had me so tense with his menacing acting, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera was awesome, you could hear the regalness in his voice, he has such presence. Bill Murray as Baloo was hlarious, he was witty and endearing in his interactions with Mowgli, Neel Sethi the lead was great, as a first time actor he handled acting against a tennis ball in front of a greed screen better than most seasoned actors (I’m side eyeing you Hayden Christensen) and his dance experience was clearly visable in how he handled the physical aspects required for the roll.
All the props must be given to Favreau and the CGI department for this movie, the attention to detail was beyond anything I have ever seen, every blade of grass, every leaf, the hair, fur and hide of all the animals shown was mind blowing, the closest I’ve seen was the tiger from Life of Pie. I honestly felt as though I was watching real animals who could actually talk being secretly filmed in the wild, you eventually take it as reality and focus on the story.
I was pleasantly surprised by the level of emotion expressed by the animals, there were lots of scenes where I felt my emotions and hearts strings being puled, especially between Mowgli and Raksha, his den mother, when she reinforces that he would always be her son, I had to hold it together.
All in all, The Jungle Book was way more than I expected, had amazing action sequences, emotional and surprising emotion, and great humor, with a great end credit sequence.