Earlier today, I wrote a Flashback Friday post about previous film adaptations of The Jungle Book.
This post is about the new adaptation, which premiered in theaters two weeks ago.
Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is a man-cub living in the jungle. Raised by the wolf pack, led by Akela (Giancarlo Esposito), the boy is simply part of the of the wolf pack, especially to Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o), the female wolf who took him as her own.
Together with Bagheera (Sir Ben Kingsley), the wolves and Bagheera are doing the best they can for Mowgli. But he is still a man-cub. When Shere Khan (Idris Elba) wants Mowgli dead, the wolves and Bagheera decide that it is time for the man cub to be around his own kind. What starts out as a simple journey becomes fraught with complications. Baloo (Bill Murray) wants what is best for Mowgli, but Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) and King Louie (Christopher Walken) have ulterior motives.
Fans of the 1967 animated film will be thrilled that the filmmakers kept the narrative and many of the elements that made that film a success. While it is less of a comedy and more of an action film, it still well done and entertaining.
I recommend it.
The Jungle Book is presently playing in theaters.