I have been waiting very impatiently to finally see this! I had planned on making this a family movie night event but my kids decided they didn’t want to enjoy it with me, so I had to watch it all by myself. (Who am I kidding, I GOT to watch it all by myself ;))
Before I get into what I thought of the movie, here is a bit about release dates and the story:
The Jungle Book
Available on Digital HD, August 23 and Blu-ray, August 30
Venture behind the scenes with in-depth bonus features that reveal the innovative filmmaking technology used to create the richly immersive jungle world and characters; Follow the journey of the film’s only on-screen actor, charismatic newcomer Neel Sethi (Mowgli); Delve into a candid and humourous scene-by-scene audio commentary with director Jon Favreau and meet the all-star voice cast who help bring the film’s colorful characters to life, as well as the musicians who accent the adventure with a majestic music score.
The all-star cast includes Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) as the voice of Baloo, Sir Ben Kingsley (“Learning to Drive,” “The Walk”) as Bagheera and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) as the voice of mother wolf Raksha. Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) gives life to Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) provides the voice of alpha-male wolf Akela, Idris Elba (“Beast of No Nation”) roars as the voice of Shere Khan, and Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) lends his iconic voice to King Louie.
Loved it. It was better than I could’ve imagined it would be. So well done and still true to the original movie. It was a little weird when I heard the voice of Christopher Walken break out into song but he did a surprisingly good job. The young boy who played Mowgli did a great job as well. Imagine being the only human character in a movie and having to interact with “talking” animals and make it believable! Incredible.
I mentioned above that I was going to make this a family movie night, but after watching it I’m glad I didn’t have my youngest boys watch it. I jumped at a few parts. I still feel that it’s a great kids movie but I wouldn’t recommend it to the younger crowd, as it does have a few scary parts.
Have you seen it? What did you think?