Jon Favreau directs a remake of the 1968 classic, and this time, incredible computer-generated animals create incredibly realistic jungle scenes.
The classic tale follows Mowgli, a ‘mancub’ who was raised by a panther and a pack of wolves after he was left an orphan in a village on the outskirts of a jungle. However, when Shere Khan the lion (voiced by the brilliant Idris Elba) attempts to hunt him down in retaliation for an wound that he suffered whilst fighting, and eventually killing, Mowgli’s father. Loved characters like Baloo return, with the sloth bear played by Bill Murray. There is a little less music than the original, but the two big tracks, the ‘Bare Necessities’ and ‘I Wanna Be Like You’, of course feature.
The film’s special effects are incredible – the unbelievably lifelike animals remind you of Life of Pi, and the jungle landscapes are lush and beautiful. Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, was superb and he had to act as if he was talking to an animal, when there was actually nothing there!
This film represents a huge leap forward in computer-generated film-making and is a superb remake of the famous tale that will once again captivate a new generation.