I haven't seen Disney's 1967 "The Jungle Book", nor any other "Jungle Book" adaptation for that matter, in a few years. As such, I don't remember much about it, other than the basic story and that I enjoyed it, so I will not be comparing this one to the 1967 Disney adaptation. Add to that the fact that Jon Favreau, one of my favorite directors, helmed this film, I was sold.
The story is definitely compelling. The main characters are well developed, and it is easy to care for them. I like that the villain of Shere Khan had some justification for his actions, and that he wasn't just evil for the sake of being evil. One thing that disappointed me was that the film wasn't as comedic as I had expected. There were a few funny parts, but the film was far from a comedy.
The supporting cast of the film was great. Bill Murray and Ben Kingsley are great as Baloo and Bagheera, respectively. They bring their respective personalities to their roles and they fit. Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, and Christopher Walken are all also very good in their supporting roles. I didn't, however, like Neel Sethi, who played Mowgli. I found him to be a bit annoying, and I didn't think that he was a very good actor. To me, it looked like he didn't feel comfortable in the role. This may just be personal taste, however, as many of the other people in the theater seemed to like him.
So, "The Jungle Book" is pretty good. The visuals are gorgeous, and the story is compelling, but it wasn't exactly what I expected. I probably would have even liked it better if a different actor played Mowgli.
The Jungle Book
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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