Not Your Childhood “Jungle Book”

By Kaileigh Deacon

We have reached a point in time where many older movies are getting remade and sometimes I’m not sure that this is a good thing. This is especially true of Disney movies. They are classics that I grew up with and you just do that. That being said, Disney has been joining the movement and remaking some of their classic animated films to live action and it’s not that bad. 

“The Jungle Book,” originally a story by Rudyard Kipling and made into an animated film by Disney in 1967 is making a comeback now. The story follows a young boy Mowgli who was found as an infant and raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves and a panther named Bagheera. A tiger named Shere Khan doesn’t like the “man cub” Mowgli and threatens his life. To save his life Bagheera, with a little help from bear Baloo, leads Mowgli on journey to leave the jungle and self discovery.

The voice cast in this movie is hands down amazing. With names like Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, and Scarlet Johansen the characters we grew up with become new all over again. “The Jungle Book” is also the last film that actor Gary Shandling did before he passed away. Each of these actors give their characters so much life that it seems that they are actual animals with the ability to talk.

Neel Sethi who plays Mowgli makes his big screen debut in “The Jungle Book” and knocks it out of the park. For an almost thirteen year old Sethi performs with the skill and grace of a seasoned actor. Sethi who acted against green screens and computer generated characters nails it, making the film come to life. 

While the film is said to be set in India the film is completely computer generated but seem real enough to be the real thing. The flawlessness of the computer work in this movie is amazing and so life like that you would believe it was real. Both the graphics and the acting pull you into the film so that you get lost in not only the world but the adventure as well. 

This movie is stunning in many ways that will leave you excited, scared, and thrilled. A word of warning before going to see this movie with the kids though, there are parts that real young kids might find upsetting and you may want to wait if they’re real young. That being said I think that kids eight and up will find the movie very enjoyable. Don’t expect to go in to a musical Disney movie like the original “Jungle Book” from 1967 with all the songs you know. You will, however, get to her Murray sing “Bare Necessities” and Walken do “I Wanna Be Like You,” which are unique to this movie. 


I would give the Jungle Book a five out of five stars. It was just a really good movie and I would go and see it again without hesitation.