The Jungle Book: A very misleading title as there wasn’t a single book in the movie

What is it about?

Mowgli is the only wolf without claws or fur in his wolf clan. This is mostly due to the fact that he is actually a man. A man cub, to be precise. He’s really small. Even though he is trying really hard, he can’t keep up with other wolves, which makes him sad.

But that is the least of his problems when a mean tiger, Shere Khan, announces that he wishes him dead. With a name like that, it was to be expected that Shere Khan will grow up to be a murderous psychopath. His parents are to blame.

Mowgli’s only chance is to find a village and get back to his own kind. But traveling through a jungle is anything but easy. Lots of deadly animals are there who see Mowgli as their next meal while some other animals (a humongous ape and his posse) want him to teach them how to make the fire, which would be a big step toward “Planet of the Apes” scenario. Mowgli is not about to let that happen.

 

Who should watch it?

  • Should I watch it with my kid(s)?

    Of course! It’s “The Jungle Book”! However, you should know that some animals die (this is a jungle, after all, and not an animal golf resort) so if you think your kid will be traumatized because of it, don’t let him watch it. But sooner or later, he/she will have to learn about death one way or the other.

  • Is it good to watch on a date?

    Sure. Especially if you both read it and watched it as kids. It’s fun to reminisce about the good old times when your biggest worry was how much candy will your mom allow you to eat.

  • For what age and gender is it intended?

    For pretty much anyone. Unless you are like my father. You see, he can’t stand when animals talk in the movies. He just can’t. If you’re like that, then don’t watch “The Jungle Book”.

What can I expect from this movie?

  • Will I fall off the couch laughing and have sore abs the next day due to laughing too hard?

    There are a few chuckles every now and then, but it’s not that funny. Christopher singing is hilarious.

  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?

    No.

  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

    Yes. Tigers are really bad at forgiving.

  • Is it based on something?

    It’s based on “The Jungle Book”, written by Rudyard Kipling. It’s also a remake of the older version from 1967.

  • Is this movie a must-see?

    I wouldn’t call it a must-see. It’s a lovely movie, but not a must-see.

Similar movies like “The Jungle Book”?

Well, you can always check out “The Jungle Book” from 1967. “Legend of Tarzan” comes to mind as well. “George of the Jungle”?

Judgment time!

When I was a kid, “The Jungle Book” was one of my favorite books. I liked the version from 1967. as well, but I didn’t really like all the singing. I love animated movies, but I just hate when animals sing. Maybe it’s because I hate musicals. I don’t know…

In this version, there is some singing, but not as much and I really appreciate that. Neel Sethi did I great job as Mowgli, while more experienced, almost legendary actors gave life to animals. Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Scarlett Johansson… Almost every voice in this movie comes from a well-known actor or actress. With such a great cast and stunning visual effects, “The Jungle Book” just had to succeed. I give it 8/10.

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