“The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart.”
We all know the story. Little boy found in the jungle raised by animals and such and so on. The real question here is, is this new version worth the title,and worth your time. The answer, is a resounding YES. This incarnation of the iconic story, again this time by Disney, is absolutely stunning and truly ground breaking. Lets start with the terrific voice cast here, most notably Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Bill Murray as Baloo and Idris Elba as Shere Khan. And lets talk about Shere Khan for a minute because he is portrayed absolutely fabulously, and made intensely terrifying by the brilliant animation of him and the powerful yet understated voice work from Idris Elba. He recently voiced a character in the movie Zootopia to great effect, but here, he does a lot more acting with his voice and it really grounds and makes the character so much more compelling and believable. The rest of voice cast is also totally spot on and well done, and more importantly, they really do seem to fit their characters and help from pulling you out of the film. The other key to this movie is the digital animation that makes up about 99% of the film (nothing in this movie but most parts of Mowgli, is real, everything else and even him sometimes are cgi animations) and it is absolutely astounding in its realism and attention to detail. The story here is more or less what we’ve come to know, but it really is in the execution that this movie gains its stripes. I really can’t recommend this movie enough, and with the exception of a a scene of two that I don’t think this movie needed, its more or less flawless and a really great way to experience this story.
Review Score : 9 out of 10