There have been a few adaptations of the story, most notably the Disney animated movie; however, I think this new one rivals all the others if not surpassing them and here’s why I think so.
- The animations/visual effects were stunning. I wasn’t sure what was real verses what was animated. The attributes and movements of the animals were strikingly lifelike.
- The cast is a varied one featuring Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, etc..) as Baloo, Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List etc…) as Bagheera. The voice of Ben Kingsley as Bagheera is noble, wise and strong in sound which makes the character of the panther more pronounced. I had thought it belonged to David Burke who has a perfect gentleman-like sonorous voice.
- Monkey City was presented in all of its glory complete with an over-sized King Louie voiced by the one and only Christopher Walken.
- The character development in this movie was superb! Mowgli realizes his place and duty and fulfills it well.
- I wished the infamous marching song of the elephants was highlighted in this movie, but the natural and simple, purposeful, majesty of the elephants made up for the song.
- I liked how the other animals were ultimately helping to defend Mowgli and the freedom of the forest from that tyrannical and vindictive tiger which eventually brought the animals closer to each other than they were before.
There are probably more reasons why I really like this movie, but these are the ones that stood out to me. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie to anyone. I give a solid A+.
Nothing to worry about in this movie, except if you’re sensitive to animations of animals fighting.