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Disney's The Jungle Book

Opening Date
07 Apr 2016
PG Some Intense Sequences
106 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Jon Favreau
Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong'o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.
By Flora  08 Apr 2016
Heading into the jungle with Disney’s The Jungle Book is a long-awaited adventure with mesmerising imagery and a strong narrative of humanity that flows along with it. 
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Heading into the jungle with Disney’s The Jungle Book is a long-awaited adventure with mesmerising imagery and a strong story of humanity that flows along with it. 

Recreating the 1967 animation version of The Jungle Book, a much loved Disney classic, is no easy feat. To create the film with at least 90% done solely on CGI, that’s a laborious task for director Jon Favreau and his team to complete. And it is to his and the team’s credit in creating an incredible, realistic-looking trip down memory lane…

Newcomer Neel Sethi plays the ‘man-cub’ Mowgli who was found by Bagheera the panther (voiced by Sir Ben Kingsley) and grew up with the pack of wolves. Like predators hunting for its prey, the jungle’s hunter, tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba) is out to kill Mowgli. The little boy reluctantly leaves his adoptive mother Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong’o) and is advised by Bagheera to return and find his own kind. “Follow the red fire”, he told Mowgli. On his way to find other human beings, he meets the funny Baloo (Bill Murray), came across hypnotic Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) stumbles upon King Louie (Christopher Walken), and fights back to save the jungle. 

There’s a certain kind of ‘magic’ in the animations from Disney’s pipeline, and for The Jungle Book, it is the lovable characters and the classic ‘The Bare Necessities’ that is still enjoyed by adults and children today. A very worthy mention are the cast of A-listers who breathes life into the CGI animals, giving them the depts of emotions and recapturing the ‘magic’ in the film. 

Sethi brings just the right amount of joy and energy to his man-cub character, despite filming mainly with green screens and studio set-ups. He interacts seamlessly with his environment and even managed to capture the bonds between the various characters, especially Baloo. Mowgli is funny, witty and a leader to his tribe.

Disney’s The Jungle Book is an enjoyable all-singing, all-dancing movie for the family. While the lighter moments between Baloo and Mowgli are perhaps the scenes that the little children will adore, the appearances of ferocious Shere Khan can be a tad frightening. We will admit that a few of us got pretty spooked by the authenticity of this tiger pouncing on human preys. Having said that, it’s a worthy trip down memory lane for those who can’t get the song out of their heads. 
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