Genre: Live-Action/Action-Adventure TBD
U.S. Release Date: April 15, 2016
Cast: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Neel Sethi and Christopher Walken
Director: Jon Favreau
Producers: Jon Favreau, Brigham Taylor
Screenplay by: Justin Marks
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. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.
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My family and I were lucky enough to see this film in 3D. I was unsure as to how my 6 and 3 year old would do. My 6 year old usually has a hard time sitting though movies even at home. He sat through this entire film as did my 3 year old and all three of my children loved the movie. When I asked them about what they thought my 9 year old said she liked it better than its cartoon counter part. While I will admit that the cartoon musical version will always be my favorite this movie does show a different side to the story. It is definitely darker it shows a side to the Jungle that is rough and quite sad but brings the beat up with humor and the true friendship and caring between Mowgli and his animal family and friends. I really enjoyed this film and so did my husband. It is one of those kid films that adults can watch and enjoy as well. the voices were absolutely fantastic. I adore Idris Elba and in this it was no different his part in this film was absolutely fantastic in fact every character was so well cast that I couldn’t imagine a better person to play each role. I think this is really a movie for everyone that all will enjoy.
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THE JUNGLE BOOK is now playing in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D!
I was given tickets to go see this film for review purposes. All opinions are my own.