‘The Jungle Book‘ is one of our favourite Disney stories – we knew a modern day remake would make us fall in love with the story all over again. We can confirm that we are seriously heart eye emoji for this remake.
Mowgli (Neel Sethi) was adopted into the wolf pack when he was just a young cub, and has struggled to adapt to life in the jungle as a wolf.
During a trip to the river he stays close to his wolf mother Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o) when Shere Khan (Idris Elba) arrives. Shere Khan makes a series of death threats aimed at Mowgli, despite the fact that the animals are currently all in a truce.
So in an attempt to keep himself and his wolf family safe, Mowgli says an emotional farewell. Despite being on his travels back towards the man village with Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), Shere Khan is still on the hunt for him. There are so many wonderful things to say about this film, but the star of the show is Shere Khan. Voiced by a husky Idris Elba, and completely computer generated – the attention to detail in this character development is flawless. Neel Sethi is heart warming, and his optimism is infectious – what an entrance as a kid actor. (We think he’s going to be huge!) Lupita Nyong’o has a nurturing manner, and gentle voice that is powerful in the performance of Raksha. Ben Kingsley is full of words of wisdom, and his raspy voice is perfect as Bagheera.
King Louie (Christopher Walken) is now the only Gigantopithecus left in the wild and is hilarious in this film. There is a monologue about papayas said in the style of the mafia, and it’s amazing. (Look out for it!)Jon Favreau’s masterpiece is a welcome, complimentary counterpart to the original 1967 Disney animation. Advances in CGI and precise voice casting, makes this film an absolute must see.
‘The Jungle Book’ is out in cinemas on April 15.