The Jungle Book
With technology catching up and we witnessing some great visual treats in the CGI recreated live animation of the Tiger in Life of Pi or Caesar in Planet of the Apes, it was only a matter of time, that one of the most intriguing stories of our lives would be recreated onscreen…. Welcome.. to The Jungle Book….
Produced by Disney and directed by Jon Favreau, this is one of the best live animation films of our times.
Sticking to the original plot of getting the man cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi), being raised by the wolf pack led by Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) & mother Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o) back to his man village in order to save him from the claws of the villainous Shere Khan (Idris Elba). It is Mowgli’s journey along with his mentors Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) & Baloo (Bill Murray) along with his run ins with Kaa the snake (Scarlett Johansson) & King Louie, (Christopher Walken), the King of the Bandarlog, culminating in his final showdown with Shere Khan.
Whilst the movie takes its own adaptations, which might be completely different from the comic we are all used to. So General Hathi gets sacrificed to a horde of magnificent, awe inspiring creatures who rule the jungle…of sorts, and the vultures are more or less absent, besides one dark scene.
The film flourishes with its technological advances, which we must be thankful for. Where else would we get Baloo spitting water at Mowgli whilst crooning away a toned down version of ‘The Bare Necessities’ and still look as real as he can get. This is the film’s biggest highlight, it gets all these creatures together and recreates a more darker version of the cartoon we are all so used to.
Have to give credits to the certification board, wherein they have rated it UA for the sound and visual effects. Yes it does get scary at times which could scare the younger tots expecting a candy floss version of the film.
Somehow, in the entire proceedings, the effects and the excellent sound impact, the film lacks a soul somewhere. You don’t feel invested nor connected with any character and that speaks a lot about a film about relationships. The only time you feel for any character is when Baloo sends off Mowgli. For the rest of the part, it seems that they are all just moving from one place to another, finishing one task after the other. And that is my grouse with the film. When you leave the theatre, you neither have a big smile on your face for the forever happy ending nor do you leave with anything.
All in all, a definite one time watch with the family. But somehow the 3D doesn’t have so much of effect and the film does get too dark at times, visually.
Does it have The Y Factor : YES
RATING : 3/5