Nostalgia! That’s the word to use with Jungle Book. I was waiting for this movie since the day it was announced. With Jon Favreau directing this classic adaptation, the expectation soared higher. Does it reach the expectations?
I walked into theatre and I was not at all surprised to find out that there were more adults than kids, because, NOSTALGIA!
Jungle Book is the story of a man cub Mowgli who is raised by a pack of wolves and a black panther Bagheera. Mowgli’s life is threatened by Sher Khan, who wants to kill Mowgli because he doesn’t belong to the jungle. To save Mowgli’s life Bagheera and Raksha (Mowgli’s wolf mother) decide to send Mowgli to the man village. On his way to the village, Mowgli meets Baloo the bear and befriends him. Meanwhile Sher Khan Kills the wolf pack’s leader Akela and demands to get him Mowgli so that he could kill him. Will Mowgli ever go back to the man village? Will he take revenge on Sher Khan? Find it out in Jungle Book.
I don’t know where to start, I have so many things to express. I loved this movie. I have to say this is the best Movie I have seen in theatres this year. It is a visual stunner at the same time the story of Rudyard Kipling connects with us in a big way.
Neel Sethi as Mowgli has nailed it. He is Mowgli for me. He is believable and you root for him right from the start of the movie.
Ben Kingsley as Bagheera has knocked it out of the park. He has a deep voice which suits Bagheera and his stern behaviour is great.
My favourite, Bill Murray as Baloo, is funny. His chemistry with Mowgli is superb. His comic timing will give you the wanted laugh. I have always loved Baloo. As a child, he was my favourite character from the Jungle Book and with Bill Murray giving him he voice now, its cherry on the cake for me.
Scarlett Johansson as Kaa has a very short screen time but her seductive voice does the job. I wanted more of Kaa, but this is not a cartoon series or a series, this is a 105 minutes movie, so, cant complain I guess!
Idris Elba as Sher Khan gives you Goosebumps. There were some moments where I was genuinely scared. I hated Sher Khan as a character, I always have, which is a great sign that they have gone the right way bringing the charcter to life.
Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha has given the right motherly tone. You are mesmerized with the bond that Mowgli and Raksha have. Their goodbye scene is a sure-shot tearjerker.
Jon Favreau, take a bow! This movie is going down as a classic movie. It has every right to!This is an experience, it is! Favreau has managed to balance the visual effects and the story quite well. Avatar was one heck of a movie with its visual effects but when it came down to the story, it was average.
This movie was a nostalgic trip for me and so it will be for many of them who grew up with jungle book or are fans of it. Not to forget the songs “Bare neccesities” and “I wanna be like you” which were added in the movie. OVERWHELMING FOR ME!
This is a must watch movie, should I really say it? I rate this movie an “A+” only because there are no higher ratings. Go watch this movie with your family, you’ll definitely enjoy it!