Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Jungle Book

Neel Sethi
Voice Cast
Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o,
Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken
Jon Favreau
Bill Pope
Justin Marks
Based on The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Mark Livolsi
John Debney
Walt Disney Pictures
Fairview Entertainment
Release Date
April 15, 2016
1 Hour and 25 Minutes

My Thoughts
Director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book narrates the life of Mowgli in an Indian jungle in the midst of wolves, panthers and bears. He leads a happy life as one among them until the menacing tiger, Sher Khan warns the wolves that letting a man live in jungle and nurturing him is against the laws of jungle. He threatens to hurt all the animals if Mowgli is not submitted to him as prey. The wolves under the guidance of Bagheera, the Black Panther, bids adieu to Mowgli. The movie describes the story of Mowgli during his half-hearted journey towards the man village. Does Mowgli reaches his destination – the movie answers this question through an interesting screenplay.

The screenplay is often gripping, most of the chase scenes are well-choreographed and editing is well done. The incident with Bandar-log was lagging. Bill Murray’s voice for Baloo is soothing and caring. The Baloo looks cute too – no wonder that Teddy Bears are universally loved! The sweet voice of the slithering Kaa, rendered by Scarlett Johansson is mesmerizing. The animation of the animals is commendable. They come across real and lively. The sceneries are nicely captured. The background suits the mood of the film.

However, the 3D effect is disappointing. Most of the times, it doesn’t feel like a 3D film and the huge pair of glasses remains as the only reminders of that fact. The movie is also not displayed full screen, making the view a little irritating for the audience in the corner seat. The anglicized pronunciation of the Indian names (Baloo, Bandar-log, etc.) was really irritating. The voice caste must have been trained to pronounce the Indian names in the right manner. The cinematographer should have taken care of lighting aspect. Most of the times it is too dark and doesn’t give a sense of what is being shown. Especially, the scene involving elephants and Mowgli during a night in the Jungle.

Little Neel Sethi as Mowgli looks like the Mowgli described in The Jungle Book. The voice to the animated animals are rendered by famous Hollywood stars. They instill emotions and feelings into them.

In short, the movie is less than two hours long, holds your attention and entertains you. It makes the adults nostalgic and takes them back to their childhood days. The children would surely enjoy it.

Take your friends and family along. Read The Jungle Book!



  1. Jungle Book is sure an entertainment. I am yet to watch this. :)

  2. I think I'll skip this movie. Maybe will watch in DVD later on.

    Destination Infinity

  3. My relative's small children are coming home next week. All of us are planning to watch this movie together!

  4. I watched this in Hindi ... loved it ... but had expected 'Jungle Jungle' song to be there :-(

  5. Hmm , I guess you did not mention the animated version of the Jungle book that was released by Disney some 40 nears ago because you may have not seen it.
    I go with the earlier version , though O must admit technology has some admirable and awesome prowess.
    Watch the old version if you cvan and you'll see, you missed Baloo, Connel Hathi and his the Elephant heard, King Louis the Orangutan king and his clan the miserably lonely vultures . Well well watch it if uou have not.

  6. I loved the movie . The theater was lovely and lively