Classic, but never stale

Title: The Jungle Book

Director: Jon Favreau

Genre: Adventure, Drama

Release Date: 15. April

Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley

Rating: 9/10


Text: Yeonwoo Baik

The Jungle Book treads the classic path of Disney films without notable grown-up twists and jokes. The man-cub Mowgli, raised among wolves for as long as he can remember, flees from his home due to the threat of the tiger Shere Khan. Based on the tales of Rudyard Kipling, the film follows Mowgli’s journey to discover both the jungle and himself.

Despite the simple plot, The Jungle Book never leaves a single moment for the viewers to get bored. The CG here brings pure delight – the sceneries of the jungle and animals are not only realistic but also full of additional colours and life, which suits an animation film aimed at everyone from children to adults.

The characters of the film all possess vivid personalities, be it Mowgli or the animals, which makes the viewers truly immerse themselves into the film. Shere Khan (Idris Elba) really knows how to scare those who see him, but you might also discover yourself soothed by genial-hearted bear Baloo (Bill Murray) or falling in love with the charismatic panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley). This has been possible due to wonderful CG and voice-acting. On top of this, Neel Sethi’s embodiment of Mowgli was simply impressive.

The Jungle Book tells a story that has been told so many times through generations, but the way it does it never becomes stale. It succeeds in moving people’s hearts without getting cheesy. It is full of life and emotion thanks to the appropriate rhythm in telling the story, exquisite CG, impressive character development and amazing acting. The Jungle Book is evidence that a classic can be told in a colourful way even without too many modern twists.