The Jungle Book

As far as Disney films go ‘Jungle Book’ is one of the classics, the characters so familiar and the songs so catchy (I bet at one time or another every one of you has belted out a drunken Bear Necessities) so it was with a little trepidation I went to see the all new updated version. Whenever someone says they are going to remake something from your childhood it is normally followed by the heads in your hands motion because they are always so bad, but not this time. More of a reimagining than remake it keeps the characters and even cleverly bits of the songs the script stays along a similar line but is adapted when needed. But what really makes this version stand out is the casting, Idris Elba’s Shere Khan is truly terrifying but balanced out by Bill Murray’s goofy Baloo, but its Christopher Walken who steals the show with his speech akin to the watch tale from Pulp Fiction, his King Louie has a certain kind of menace. I have heard people criticize Neel Sethi who plays Mowgli, but for a child actor most of the time acting to nothing in front of a green screen I thought he was great. So to conclude funny, scary, familiar, new, beautiful and faithful, all the emotions that a good film should give you.

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