Last night I went to the cinema with my family and got comfortable in my seat, expecting to see a cute adaptation of a childhood favourite: The Jungle book. I had read good reviews, and was excited to see how it would turn out. What I didn’t expect, however, was to see a cinematic masterpiece.
The Jungle Book (2016) is not just a movie, but a seemingly real journey through the jungles and rain-forests of India. From the minute it begins, it takes hold of you and takes you through a dreamland, escaping reality and dragging you deep into the story, following Mowgli’s discovery of his history, his humanity, and his relationship with nature. The pieces of this movie all fit together perfectly. With a mesmerizing balance of CGI, animation and live-action shots, it all melts together to form an entire universe, where wolves rule the land, animals talk and sing, and bears and ‘man-cubs’ can be friends. The CGI is truly faultless, as the animated characters and human actor seamlessly interact throughout the movie, bringing the childhood classic to life.
The film pays tribute to both the novel by Rudyard Kipling, and the original animated Disney Film, and incorporates the comedic aspects of the musical, with the important themes of the classic story throughout. Themes of, revenge, respect, family and acceptance all add to the depth of the story and the characters.
Not only is the story a masterpiece in itself, but the casting ties it all together. Without a perfect cast to pull the story through, the artistic genius of the animation may have been missed by the audience’s annoyance over mediocre acting. This was absolutely not the case, however, as the voice-actors of the animals bring their own sense of fantasy to the film, and Neel Sethi perfectly (almost eerily) recreates the character of Mowgli that we love from the Disney classic.
Aside from the gripping story, and outstanding acting, the CGI and animation bring the whole film to another level. The entire project is a piece of art, awe inspiring from the very beginning. The feeling I had whilst watching this film was similar to the first time I saw ‘Rise of The Planet of The Apes’. It was a level of CGI that I had never seen before – the future of film-making. Except I never imagined a film like the Jungle Book would appear on our screens any time soon.
So really, if you haven’t figured it out it by now, I would absolutely recommend watching The Jungle Book, especially whilst it’s still in cinemas. It is an experience like no other, and definitely something you will remember for many years. If you’ve already seen it, comment below; how did you find the movie? Did you enjoy it as much as I did, or did you disagree entirely? Let me know what you think!
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