This movie evoked many a childhood memory. I remembered the fat bear, Mowgli, the snake, and technically most of the characters in the movie.
10-year-old Mowgli is the main character in The Jungle Book. He’s found by Panther Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley) and left in the care of wolf parents, Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong'o *go Lupita!*) and Akela (voiced by Giancarlo Esposito). But Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba) the tiger loathes the man-cub. He then breaks the peaceful water truce by vowing to kill Mowgli and any other animal that will get in his way.
The Jungle Book is filmed in 3D sequences that makes you want to reach-out-and-touch the animals. My most fascinating part in the entire movie was the snake Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), with her slithering, powerful and hypnotic nature that I swear made half the audience in the theatre sink back into their seats in dread.
The movie is also full of adventure, evoking a deep feeling to let-go-and-let-wild, most especially when Mowgli finds a best friend in the old, brown, care-free bear (voiced by Bill Murray). It also awakens a strong empathy towards animals especially with the symbolic ‘red flower’, making you wonder if humans are really as bad as they are depicted in the story.
I have to admit though, the movie itself under-delivered on what the hype and marketing promised. If the trailer wasn’t as captivating, then maybe my expectations of the movie wouldn’t have been as great as they were as I got prepped to watch it.
Nonetheless, The Jungle Book can be classified as an epic, a great throwback with nostalgic nuances to many of us. Because of this, I rate it a 4 out of 5 stars.
This review is courtesy of IMAX 20th Century