Review: “The Jungle Book” (2016)

Well its now official Disney has won movies.

With all the franchises and studios they own – Pixar, Marvel, Lucas – there does not seem to be a month that goes by when they release a thoroughly excellent movie, whether its Zootopia, this months Jungle Book or next months Civil War Disney are churning out big budget extravaganzas which not only make money but are critically lauded.

Onto this week and the release of The Jungle Book, directed By Jon Favreau and featuring the voices of Sir Ben Kingsley, Giancarlo Esposito, Indris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o and Bill Murray. The only “real” person in the film is the newcomer Neel Sethi as the jungle boy Mowgli.

Firstly the movie is fantastic and whilst the story does deviate from the animated version this one has a life of its own. The personal stories along with the wider narrative connect with each easily, and everyone has their day in the sun.

The strength of this film is its look and the 3D animation is incredible. Favreau and his team have done an amazing job and this has to be seen in 3D to be believed.

This adaptation is darker than the previous one and at one point it is in danger of getting to down and too dark but once Bill Murrays Baloo enters the scene, the story picks up right until the end and the climax will have your heart racing.

This is highly recommended and take the entire family it is a real treat.

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