Action/Adventure Drama Animation
Director: Jon Favreau
Actors: Neel Sethi
Voices: Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson
Based on ‘The Jungle Book’ by Ruyard Kipling
A visit into the life of the inhabitants of the jungle, most of all Mowgli a ‘human cub’ left orphaned in the jungle, found by a generous Black Panther Bagheera(Ben Kingsley) and given into the protection of a wolf pack. Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is raised as a member of the wolf family along with the other wolf kids. The mother wolf Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o) accepts him as his own child and Mowgli shares an endearing bond with all the wolves of the family. Born and brought up in jungle Mowgli has embraced the life of jungle and has come to live by the codes and etiquette of the jungle and has no interest in leaving his pack, let alone leaving the jungle and going back to where he belongs, but one member of the jungle doesn’t want him in the jungle. Shere Khan (Idris Alba), a ferocious scarred tiger will do anything to hunt Mowgli down. Mowgli has to sacrifice his family in order to save himself and the wolf pack from the wrath of the atrocious tiger Shere Khan. The hustle begins and so begins Mowgli’s journey of self discovery. He meets Baloo, a jovial layabout bear (Bill Murray) without whom the story is incomplete. He is a standout in the film, he encourages Mowgli to stay in the jungle and also makes the viewers giggle. He also meets Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) and King Loui (Christopher Walken) along the way.
The epic story of The Jungle Book written by Ruyard Kipling in 1890 is well-known and has many adaptations. This time the magic of The Jungle Book is recreated by Jon Favreau under the banner of Disney and this movie is not just a ‘bare necessity’, the reinvention is so electrifying and spellbinding that every frame of the movie is worth watching. Viewers have reasons in abundance to love this movie. The only living cast of the movie Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is amazing in every scene and doesn’t disappoint the audience. Iron Man fame Favreau has utilized animation to its best and the jungle came alive. The visual effects and animation team has worked very hard and the result is magnificent, it transports you to the jungle, when Mowgli is chased by Shere Khan you feel your own heartbeat increasing, when rains, shiver runs through your spine and when encounters Shere Khan, a part of you feels terrified. ‘Bare Necessities’ is enchanting and you will find yourself crooning this song while coming out of the theater, you can’t help it.