The Jungle Book is an old classic and not to mention a favourite for many.Which is why when I heard they were creating a live adaptation I was quite dubious, needless to say and after watching the trailer I was dreading the film even more!
The voice-overs looked totally out of sync and a bit weird to me, however, I was relieved to see that the film itself had no issues with the sound and everything seemed perfectly in sync.
The live action adaptation is primarily CGI and green screen, with the exception of young Mowgli, who is played by first time child actor Neel Sethi.
The film features a wonderful line up for a cast, with Idris Elba lending his voice to frighten us as Shere Khan; Stern Bagheera played by Ben Kingsley; the ever loving Baloo voiced by Bill Murray; and the most frightening of all, King Louie voiced by Christopher Walken.
I was hesitant, nervous, and very excited going in to see this, as you tend to be with modern adaptations. But I loved every moment of it, and it made my young self very happy!
The story is a familiar one and it doesn’t largely deviate from the original narrative.The songs, alongside the characters, are dear to almost everyone who grew up with The Jungle Book and it was wonderful to see it come to life on the big screen.
Of course, we miss the elephants, the vultures and the adorable little girl by the stream, however the film retains the essence of the original film for the most part.
I recall watching The Jungle Book as a child, and enjoying singing along – the songs which are iconic are included, those being “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You”. The latter of which I remember as being very cheery and fun as a child, but being an adult and staring into the huge face of King Louie singing “I Wan’na Be Like You” was awfully chilling and very frightening.
The cinematography was beautifully done, the visuals were completely astounding and awe inspiring, the landscape was ethereal and made me wish I could visit the jungle and witness Moqgli’s world through his eyes.
The film retained that cheery and uplifting message, whilst acknowledging the darker undercurrents of the plot without shying away too much.
The Jungle Book is a perfect film for young children and adults to see and will undoubtedly become the “new” classic for all to love in years to come.