Hi, beautiful internet friends!
I’m back with another review and this has definitely been one of my favorite movies to review so far. I’ll tell ya, folks, if Disney keeps making movies this good then my job will just keep getting easier and easier! Seriously, Disney’s live-action rendition of the classic tale, The Jungle Book, comes out this Friday- April 15th, 2016. And I’m being 100% honest when I say that everyone and their mother, child, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, service dog, whoever, should rush to go see this movie. Especially if you were a big fan of the original cartoon then you cannot miss this one.
I’ve always been very into Disney movies, I mean who isn’t? But really, even now that I’m (unfortunately) a full-fledged adult, I can get down with some classic Disney cartoons. That’s why I was so excited a few years ago when Disney started coming out with live-action versions of their best classics. You can check out my review of Cinderella, which came out last year, here.
The voice casting for The Jungle Book was nearly perfect- Idris Elba as Shere Khan was hauntingly good as well as Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. Bill Murray was well suited to be the voice of Baloo, the hilarious and lovable bear, but my personal favorite had to be Ben Kingsley as Bagheera. I don’t know if he looked in the mirror envisioning himself as a powerful panther or what, but he nailed it!
Of course, I have to give credit to the film’s precious lead, Neel Sethi, who played Mowgli. For a child actor with little to no film experience before this movie, he did an amazing job. His emotions were believable and genuine, which I’m sure was difficult considering he was pretty much the only human in the film.
What made this film as incredible as it was though is the insane graphics. Visually the movie was impeccable, picture perfect I should say. The animals looked so realistic down to the very last movement and detail.
I saw the movie in 3D and for once, I didn’t hate it. The movie was so pleasing to the eye that I think the 3D possibly made it even better.
My last note about this film is that I’m happy it wasn’t a musical, the few short musical parts were placed in just the right spots to make it feel authentic to the nature of a Disney movie but without being too much to bear- haha, get it?
Hopefully this review sways you all to go see it- again, it hits theaters Friday April 15th, 2016.
Kady (The Famous She)