It’s one of the most anticipated films of 2016 so far, Walt Disney picture’s live action/CGI remake of the 1967 animated classic ‘The Jungle Book’ is out now and people of all ages are flocking to see the man cub Mowgli’s adventure through the jungle as he attempts to escape the clutches of tiger Shere Khan.
I was lucky enough to have a sneak preview the day before it was released and it is honestly one of the best films I’ve seen for a while. Keeping the general storyline of the original with a few modern day twists really made me nostalgic whilst appreciating the imagery of the advanced world of CGI technology through my 3D goggles. (It’s 100% worth going to see in 3D by the way, the scenery is magnificent!)
Featuring the voices of favourite A list actors Bill Murray (Baloo), Ben Kinglsey (Bagheera), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Christopher Walken (King Louie) and Idris Elba as the evil Shere Khan, plus Lupita Nyong’o and Giancarlo Esposito it really is a star studded cast bringing the traditional characters back to life. Not to mention rising star, 12 year old Neel Sethi who plays Mowgli, who is the only actual live actor appearing in the film, using his imagination, puppeteers from the Jim Henson Creature Shop and director Jon Favreau’s orchestration to guide him.
I had a bit of a Disney week last week, flying to Ireland to watch the making of a new show which out in the autumn (more on that at a later date) and I must say, Disney really do find the best young talent!
Despite a few people labelling the film too dark for young children, the BBFC rating of 12, meaning under 12s must be accompanied by an adult, seems fair. Especially as every dramatic edge of the seat moment usually has an accompanying joke cracked by Baloo who has the funniest one liners and will have you giggling like a hyena.
The effects team have done a fantastic job of creating a world so breathtakingly realistic full of creatures that appear so lifelike it’s hard to not believe the fantasy before your eyes. A creation to be beaten and a reworked classic to never be forgotten.
Let me know what you think!