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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Critic Rating

7.7

28 Reviews
19 Ratings
95%
in favor

Audience Rating

7.7
8 Reviews
24 Ratings

The Jungle Book Reviews

8

It’s a stunning visual achievement, and one that reminds you why you fell in love with these characters all those years ago. Don’t miss it.

Shalini Langer
Indian Express

8

It’s a little more reminiscent of the jungle and the book than the 1967 Disney classic, a lot, lot darker, and yet, ultimately as exuberant, with a surprisingly strong and novel message at the heart of it, in a story that already didn’t lack for them.

Jyoti Sharma Bawa
Hindustan Times

8

The Jungle Book is no longer cute and cuddly but a tale of survival. This time, it really is a jungle out there. But I can guarantee one thing, once you and your children do enter it, you would not want to leave.

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Deccan Chronicle

6

. This version of The Jungle Book is a brilliant and beautiful evocation of the time when everything was bigger than us, when the natural world seemed to be full of wonders and where almost every new animal species, whose picture and presence we glimpsed, was an adventure in and of itself. This film is a brilliant fantasy for the whole family to see, reviving one of the great classics for a new generation.

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Deccan Chronicle

5

The film is very well produced. The effects are spectacular and the performances are good. It is entirely worth watching, but its implicit politics is as troubling as Kipling’s was.

Raja Sen
Rediff

8

Take the kids you know (and the kid within you) and go watch The Jungle Book.Trust in me.

The characters drawn for the 2016 live action film have an edge that was not present in the 1967 animated film...

It is a film for children and adults alike. Not to be missed...

8

...the intricate landscaping, masterful camerawork and environment (actually filmed in Downtown Los Angeles) create a delightfully immersive experience. Heartwarming and enjoyable.

The Jungle Book is a film that has something for everyone. It defines the phrase ‘feels like coming home’. You have to watch, to believe it so don’t miss this one!

Bryan Durham
DNA India

8

...you're going to love Mowgli, this film, the voice cast, the photo-realism of the animals surrounding Mowgli and an inherent innocence that just shines through and through. It's a spectacular film and one you shouldn't miss. Just go watch it!

7

Jon Favreau's live-action re-imagining of the 1967 film, The Jungle Book, is a visual treat. Along with Neel Sethi's Mowgli and a superb voice-cast, this adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book is a winner on many fronts.

...a shining example of phenomenal filmmaking, transporting the viewer to a different world. Complete with a riveting plot combined with VFX and 3D that makes you jump, THE JUNGLE BOOK is definitely a must watch.

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In India, The Jungle Book will always be compared to the version that was aired on Doordarshan. In comparison, this movie is every bit as brilliant as it seemed 20 years ago on 21-inch television sets. The 3D and the IMAX goodness add depth not just to the visuals but the impact of the story and the experience. Kids, young adults and adults will all enjoy this thrill-a-minute ride in the jungles of India, where animals can talk and where human beings and their creations are a part of enigma. Do not miss this at any cost.

Suprateek Chatterjee
HuffingtonPost.in

-

The Jungle Book of today is fantastic as a movie-going experience, and somewhat less as a cathartic one. As blockbuster entertainment, it is complete in every way; as a standalone work, it is a little too dependent on its staggering legacy.

The drama and treatment may border on conventional but the animal renditions are definitely not. Cinematographer Bill Pope and the VFX team led by Robert Legato and Adam Valdez integrate real time sequences with animation so brilliantly that it's difficult to pinpoint the differences. It's seamless, proportionate and way above anything that has come before. A must-see for all - irrespective of species, age or gender!

Audience Reviews for The Jungle Book

  • Midhun Ben Thomas (Dilseben)
    Midhun Ben Thomas (Dilseben)
    116 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    8

    "Relive your childhood joy in CGI!!!"

    If I had to ask all those people who had grown up watching Doordarshan in the 1990s as to which was their favourite animation series, what do you think their answer would be??? Well I am kinda sure that most of their responses will be the same as mine as it would be "Jungle Book" even if many wouldn't have seen the animation movie released in 1967. So when I heard that Walt Disney Pictures was remaking the film with live CGI effects, I was naturally thrilled. The excitement further escalated when I saw the trailer, as it was jaw dropping realistic. Hopefully the film in itself is an extension of the magnificent trailer.

    Well I dont think there is need to elaborate on the plot as there would be hardly anyone who hasn't read Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" or atleast watched the animation series. Anywaz Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is a boy who was raised by the wolves Raksha (Lupita Nyong'o) & Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) after he was brought to them as an infant by the black panther, Bagheera (Ben Kingsley). However, his life was in danger as the fearsome Bengal tiger Sher Khan (Idris Elba) had made his intentions clear. So he was left with no option but to leave the jungle before the tiger unleashed harm on his family. But little did he realize that Sher Khan wasn't the sole problem that lay in front of him.

    Frankly speaking, I knew Jon Favreau as an actor but wasn't aware that he had decent directorial credentials as well until I checked wikipedia & saw movies like "Elf", "Iron Man 1 & 2" etc to his credit. He has done a wonderful job in re-creating this timeless classic taking advantage of all the latest advancements in technology available on offer. The screenplay by Justin Marks was more or less true to the original with a couple of changes towards the climax. At just over 1.5 h, the movie is an absolute visual treat & the credit for that goes to Bill Pope's cinematography as well as Mark Livolsi's editing. Apart from this, the one thing which had mesmerized me was John Debney's music be it "The Bare Necessities" included in the movie & also the tracks "I Wanna be Like you" & "Trust In Me" which appear in the end credits.

    There was an extensive audition for the role of the protagonist before Neel Sethi was zeroed in & it was well worth the effort as he was wonderful exuding innocence & vulnerability along with a mischievous twinkle in his eyes. Even though the only character which appears in flesh & blood in the movie is Neel, Favreau needs to be applauded for his apt choice of brilliant artists to do the voice over for the CGI generated characters. Bill Murray as Baloo was my personal favourite for his wise cracking jokes while Ben Kingsley & Lupita was impressive as well. Idris Elba was able to convey the sinisterness convincingly while Scarlett Johansson as Kaa was fantastic & you guys need to stay back to check out her excellent rendition of "Trust in Me" in the end.

    Verdict: It's an absolute visual treat & in all likelihood going to rake in some serious ground breaking box office collections. The makers have enlisted the services of Om Puri, Nana Patekar, Priyanka Chopra etc for the Hindi version which will further increase the collection from the Indian subcontinent, not to mention it is released here a week prior to the US market. In short, if you have been a fan of the animation series, you can rest assured you would love this movie!!!

    Rating: 3.75/5

    Regards...Ben



    September 18, 16
  • Saheb Abdullah
    Saheb Abdullah
    82 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    7

    Worth A Watch For Visuals,Dubbing & Nostalgica

    A Pleasant Visual Experience For All That Nostalgic Feels On Whatever Little One Have Watched 'The Jungle Book' Animations In Childhood.Better To Watch It In Hindi As Nana Patekar, Irrfan Khan ,Om Puri & Others Have Done Great Job With Their Dialogues.Neel Sethi As Mowgli Have Done Great Job Too.No Surprise That It Has Became Highest Grossing Hollywood Movie In India, A Record Which Will Be Unbroken For Many Years.

    May 20, 16
  • Shree Hari H
    Shree Hari H
    19 reviews
    Senior Reviewer
    8

    A hundred and twenty-two years ago, Rudyard Kipling wrote a wonderful novel that was not only a game-changer in its genre but radically influenced contemporary society’s perception of the ever-altering dynamics between Man and Nature.
    Adapting the aforementioned book to the big screen was always going to be a daunting task, but then Jon Favreau is not considered one of the most exciting American filmmaking talents of his generation for nothing.
    Favreau merges the emotional core of Rudyard’s classic with the most advanced digital trickery that modern CGI can facilitate.
    Needless to say, the upshot is nothing short of magnificent.
    The film highly benefits from the casting of young Neel Sethi as Mowgli, the main protagonist in this rollicking adventure.
    Sethi has a certain wisdom beyond his years and a rather disarming lack of self-awareness which, in many ways, makes him the ideal fit for the role.
    Perhaps the film’s most astonishing achievement lies in how it imbues each animal from Rudyard’s tale with a distinct flesh-and-blood personality of its own, a task that is accomplished largely because of its first-rate voiceover cast.
    From the peerless Sir Ben Kingsley as the black panther Bagheera to the ravishing Scarlett Johannson as the slithery serpent Kaa; from the effervesent Bill Murray as the highly adorable Baloo the Bear to Idris Elba as the menacing Sher Khan – each one of them is in ridiculously good form.
    Favreau’s film is a highly sensory experience and one that leaves you with a wide grin on your face long after the end credits have rolled.
    This is indeed one of the best live-action films to have come out in recent memory.
    Because a film that blurs the line between human and animal existence so seamlessly is inevitably one that merits the highest of praise.

    January 12, 17
  • Aniket Parihar
    Aniket Parihar
    23 reviews
    Senior Reviewer
    8

    WHOLLY REPLETE WITH WONDER AND ECSTASY

    The Jungle Book is an illustrious jungle glitzy tale to watch on a big screen. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s famous book ‘The Jungle Book’, the film is about a boy named Mowgli and his adventurous vitality in the jungle. It is a Disney film. And all of us can imagine that what a Disney film is like. A film with high bright 3D animation effects and the dream light abstract backgrounds and the high opulence of the sets. This film has it all in a more advanced manner. It is shot well and yes the boy who plays Mowgli is very good too. The acting and the vigorousness exhibited by him is commendable. He is completely engrossing himself as the prominent Mowgli. Animals of the jungle too are worthy of fulfilling one’s expectations. They are all crafted equally at their best. Shere khan is perilously very dangerous but fails to satisfy his gut with Mowgli’s soul. The Baloo Bear and the Panther Bagheera are very bright and helpful to Mowgli. Both always save him from the Lion by their artificial intelligence and physical strong strengths. Other animals’ viz. monkeys, snake, foxes, wolves are fairly satisfying and are well polished. The voices are vocalized by Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson. They are all successful in doing their job. Kudos to the Director and the graphic designers for the sumptuous spiriting animated effects and the frightening jungle of India and Mowgli and also the real looking animals. The film is currently hitting the theatres. And is on a very big stride to set new Box office trends on Bollywood. It is wholly replete with wonder and ecstasy. Do watch it. I am going with a solid 8.

    April 20, 16