The Jungle Book is a visually enchanting and thoroughly nostalgic film that is aided by a superb voice cast.
For any spectacled movie-goer, wearing those enormous IMAX 3D glasses is a battle in itself. However, the bigger problem is if you end up getting your eyes moist,but the heart was content. Maybe it’s the wildlife enthusiast in me, just thrilled to be transported to a once-existing forest land that has now become a fantasy.Jungle Book movie was more effective by its 3D Effects,The viewing may have been bumpy.
Animations in Jungle Book Animated Animals expressing the way of expressions is amazing no doubt they dominated the Human actors in Jungle Book. Maybe it is actors such as Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley who breathe life into those characters and makes us feel for them. Or perhaps it is the mad rush of nostalgia that director Jon Favreau serves so well in his film that retains the spirit of both Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 book as well as the 1967 animated version – the colourful, old fashioned ending credits pay homage to it.
Using CGI and motion-capture technology, Favreau, much like Avatar and Life of Pi, creates an immersive experience that is both realistic in texture and fantastical in feel. To see the jungle come alive in the first 20 minutes of the film is the most sensuous experience I’ve had in the movies of late. You can feel the dust of the scorching summer, taste the mud as the herd of wild buffaloes charge through the mud-pond and smell the dampness of the forest after the arrival of monsoons in Jungle book.The book itself had come out of Kipling’s nostalgic yearning for a land he deeply missed. Inspired by the time he spent in India he wrote it for his daughter who passed away at a young age.we see Actor Mowgli (Neel Sethi), with his mop of thick, black, neck length hair and a loincloth, gliding from tree to tree as the frenzied camera follows him. Not even Shere Khan, the most feared beast in the forest and the main antagonist of The Jungle Book.the Royal Bengal Tiger doesn’t see Mowgli as one of them. He wants to kill him. The rest of the story is how Mowgli survives the wrath of Shere Khan and manages to stay in the forest with the help of a few friends such as Bagheera (Kingsley), the black panther, Balu (Murray), the bear, the mother wolf Raksha (Lupita Nyongo) and the leader of the pack Akela (Giancarlo Esposito). The technical marvel aside, it’s these characters that are the soul of the film. You believe in them, empathise with them and fear for their lives. And half the battle is won in the voice casting
Favreau, who had made all the Ironman movies, brings a certain believability in this live action rendering of the story that has been either in our heads or in the form of the animated version – barring the forgettable versions made in between. The characters are not ‘Disney cute’ and their interactions are based on the universal theme of survival.
The film is not without its flaws. The reimagining is only visually; perhaps we can look forward to the Jungle Book: Origins that comes out next year for that. But thematically it doesn’t give it a new direction. The energy somewhat dips in the last hour, perhaps owing to the sameness of events, and picks up again in the visually spectacular climax. But the movie left me with a feeling that I didn’t want to destroy by nitpicking.
What makes The Jungle Book enduring in our collective consciousness is that it is an outlet to our eternal fantasy to live in the wild. The film, painted in mystical shades, succeeds in invoking this deep, primal core present in all of us.
The Jungle Book
Story: An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyongo, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito
Genre: Fantasy adventure
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