Beginning this weekend, audiences of all ages will find themselves captivated by the latest release of The Jungle Book. The motion picture tells somewhat of a reimagined version of the classic animated story that most of us are already familiar with. While this latest story follows the structure of the 1967 Disney film, I was impressed with the strong message it began to deliver from the very start of the movie through to the end, something I feel the original lacked.
The Jungle Book review
Shortly after the film opens, we see Mowgli (the man-cub), his wolf pack and Bagheera (the black panther, voiced by Ben Kingsley) heading towards the “peace rock” which is exposed during extreme droughts. The idea is that the animals of the jungle, both predator and prey, have agreed to a “water truce” in order to all drink without any threat from one another. The film puts it simply, catering to both the understanding of children and adults; everyone should be able to exist together with a little empathy and compassion for one another.
Mowgli’s undesired journey through the jungle to find his own people, sparking from the threat of Shere Kahn (the tiger who was burned by Mowgli’s father and detests man) is packed with excitement, enchantment and of course a bit of fright.
We recognize the characters that Mowgli encounters along the way and it was a bit of a treat to identify each of the actor’s voices as well. Every actor involved really brought something extra exciting to this film and truly “made it” in my opinion.
Scarlett Johansen hypnotizes us with her version of Kaa, the anaconda who hopes to make Mowgli a meal. Their encounter with one another allows Mowgli to see his past prior to becoming a part of his pack. Bill Murray, who voiced Baloo, the honey-loving bear, makes his character even more lovable and fun than I remember! The greatest surprise was meeting the giant King Louie, the orangutan who was voiced by Christopher Walken. His version of “I Wanna Be Like You” was especially significant and pretty much faultless.
Mowgli’s journey is filled with many adorable, frightening and entertaining creatures of all kinds; who, by the way, all talk! The Jungle Book is certainly a remake that won’t disappoint, in fact, I guarantee it’ll charm most everyone who goes along for the ride.
See what I’m talking about in this behind the scenes look at the voices behind this magical film.
Keep your kid’s busy during the ride to the theater with this fun printable! Click the image below (do not right-click and select print. Image will be small) to print a clear full-size image then see if your kids can SPOT THE DIFFERENCES!