Movie Review: Disney’s The Jungle Book (2016) *Disney Brings the Wonder to the Jungle*

Neel Sethi, Disney's The Jungle Book

“Now this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky, And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.”

Disney has been remaking their classic animated features into live-action films for a while now, and I haven’t really been impressed at the effort.  There seemed no need for them.  It simply looked like a money grab.  Disney’s The Jungle Book is a film that needed to be made, because it couldn’t have been made before now.  It’s not often, in the age of FX we live in, that I can say I’ve never seen anything like this, but bringing an entire jungle of completely CGI photorealistic animals who speak, and never having it look fake is astounding.  The entire film is.  Jon Favreau has combined a strong script leaning much more on Kipling’s books, but giving homage to the 1967 animated film, with groundbreaking effects and one of the best performances I’ve ever seen given by a child to make his best film yet by far.  I can’t find flaw in it.  In fact, I would go so far to say that this surpasses Kipling (whose prose I never really enjoyed) as the definitive version of The Jungle Book story.  Quite simply, it’s a masterpiece. Continue reading Movie Review: Disney’s The Jungle Book (2016) *Disney Brings the Wonder to the Jungle*