The Jungle Book | Movie Review

Now this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky, and the wolf that keeps it may prosper, but the world that shall break it must die.

As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forth and back; For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack. – Rudyard Kipling “The Jungle Book”

Mowgli and Raksha
Mowgli and Raksha

I started watching this remake of the classic story ‘Jungle Book’ with some reservations. Although I’d heard that it was a good film, I wondered how it would measure up to the animated Disney Classic. Previously I’d watched ‘The Jungle Book’ starring Jason Scott Lee and Lena Heady showing Mowgli as a grown man and enjoyed it, so I was willing to give this one a chance.

The film starts off with a water truce between the animals, and Shere Khan lets it be known that a man-cub (Mowgli) has no place in the jungle and he will be coming after him. Bagheera (the Panther) who rescued Mowgili as a child and brought him to live with the wolf pack decides that it’s best that Mowgli go down to the man village.

However, after an encounter with Shere Khan, Mowgli must go on the run alone.

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I really started to get into the film when Mowgli meets Baloo who is my absolute favorite in the film. At first Baloo simply sees Mowgli as a means to get the honey he’s after, but after awhile the two become friends.

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I didn’t really care for the part of the film with King Louie (voiced by Christopher Walken) as the character came off as creepy rather than fearsome to me. However, I really enjoyed the film overall, and would definitely recommend you check it out.

Here’s the trailer.

~theavidpen

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