The Jungle Book: Movie Review

Hey there, pixie pals! Sarah here. 😀 It has been a long time, hasn’t it? I have been busy with school, so yeah.

Anyway, I am reviewing the new movie The Jungle Book today! It released earlier where I live (April 8) than in the U.S., but I went to watch it only yesterday. Hope you enjoy reading this~

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Disney revisits Mowgli the human cub and his animal buddies in the new magical Disney film, The Jungle Book. Check out Sarah Diamondswirls’ review of this live- action version of the 1967 Walt Disney animated classic of the same name. 😀

In The Jungle Book, Mowgli (Neel Sethi), the ‘man cub’, loves the family of wolves who raised him. However, he is frustrated of the fact that whenever he creates something clever to solve a problem, he is accused of creating ‘human tricks’ which his animal pals don’t like. Will one of these ‘tricks’ ever impress Mowgli’s animal friends?

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Mowgli with his wolf brother

Fitting In

Mowgli, a young ‘man cub’, is brought to wolf couple Raksha ( voice of Lupita Nyong’o) and Akela  (Giancarlo Esposito) by the black panther Bagheera (voice of Sir Ben Kingsley). Mowgli is raised by the wolf couple, and is expected to behave like a wolf. He is put down whenever he solves problems by creating tools using human-like tricks. He is told that he must learn the ways of the pack.

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Mowgli and Bagheera look for the human village

 

Peace Rock

The animals in the jungle are suffering from a severe drought, so they gather at a huge rock surrounded by the only remaining water. No animal is eating another animal, because a ‘Water Truce’ is in effect. Shere Khan, a scary and enormous Bengal tiger (voice of Idris Elba) comes to the rock and smells the human cub Mowgli. The tiger’s face was burnt by a human torch once, so he hates all men. Mowgli must be given to him by the end of the Water Truce, or many will perish.

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Shere Khan smells Mowgli

 

Saying Goodbye

Mowgli volunteers to leave on his own, and it is decided that Bagheera will guide him to the human village. Shere Khan, however, stops the duo on their way, and Mowgli escapes alone. Deep in the jungle, he encounters the giant python Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson). Kaa is aware of the fact that Mowgli’s father was killed by the tiger, and he was an infant when Bagheera discovered him. She shows the boy a vision explaining the beauty and destructive powers of fire, or ‘Man’s Red Flower’. Just as Kaa is about to capture Mowgli and eat him up, he is rescued by the huge bear, Baloo (Bill Murray).

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Mowgli meets Kaa

 

Fetching Honey

In return for saving his life, Baloo asks Mowgli to fetch him honey from honeycombs which are situated on a high cliff. Mowgli uses human inventive ingenuity to fetch the honey. The bear and the boy become friends. Mowgli will leave when winter arrives.

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Mowgli and Baloo take a swim

 

Back To The Jungle

Shere Khan is furious when he hears that the wolf pack has let Mowgli leave. He tells them that once he returns, Mowgli must be turned over to him. While looking for Mowgli, Bagheera finds him with Baloo, and feels a little sad when the boy says that he wants to stay with the bear.

Mowgli rescues a baby elephant from a deep pit using ‘human tricks’ , and wins the elephants’ trust. However, Mowgli is soon grabbed by a group of monkeys who take him to their leader, King Louie (Christopher Walken), who is a huge orangutan and believes that Mowgli, being a human, knows how to make fire. To King Louie, fire means power.

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Mowgli and King Louie

To the Rescue

Bagheera and Baloo co-operate to save Mowgli, killing King Louie in the process. Mowgli, however, feels very angry when he gets to know about what Shere Khan has done to the wolf pack, and the fact that Bagheera and Baloo didn’t tell him about it also angers Mowgli. He goes off to a human village and steals the red flower- a lit torch. On his way back to the jungle to confront Shere Khan, Mowgli accidentally sets a huge fire to the forest.

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King Louie’s temple

 

What Now?

Will Mowgli confront Shere Khan? Will the fire be put out? Will his animal friends accept him?

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Mowgli with Bagheera

Wrapping Up

This new version of The Jungle Book is a treat for the eyes. It is beautiful to look at, with the 3D only adding to the experience. The animation is amazing, with the CGI animated animals looking extremely believable. Why, they look completely real!

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Idris Elba voices Shere Khan

Newcomer Neel Sethi is great as Mowgli, and so are the voice actors: Bill Murray as the funny bear Baloo, Idris Elba as the enormous tiger Shere Khan, and all the others.

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Lupita Nyong’o voices Raksha

The usual Disney themes of friendship and believing in yourself are present, but not laid on too thickly. The songs are great, too.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t love the earlier version of The Jungle Book, or aren’t a fan of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. This movie is an absolute treat to watch, so yes- it is a must-watch!

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Christopher Walken as King Louie and Scarlett Johansson voices Kaa

 

The Jungle Book Movie Rating: 5-7050bcba9b637ae57d220a9a156752e3

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The Jungle Book movie poster

https://youtu.be/WtR9tqPa48s

 

The Jungle Book is in theaters now!

Have Your Say

Have you watched The Jungle Book, or are going to watch it? Let us know in a comment, below!

Take care!

 

Sarah Diamondswirls ❤

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Reblogged this on Sarah's Adventures and commented:

    Check out my review of The Jungle Book (2016) on Marigold’s Musings! 😀

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  2. Excellent review, Sarah!!! ❤
    I definitely want to see this movie! 😀

    Reply

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