Disney’s new live-action movie, The Jungle Book opens TODAY! I attended a sneak peek with my kids earlier this week. As the kids and I took our seats, a gentleman sitting next to my son turned and asked if he liked the original Jungle Book movie. I cringed, even though I am a fan of the 1976 classic, I realized my son had never seen it. I have failed at motherhood. This was my chance at redemption.
We were able to view the movie in IMAX 3D. Let me begin by saying, I definitely suggest opting for the 3D version at the theater. From the very first scene, I was taken in and mesmerized by the images on the screen. The visuals were simply amazing, if I wouldn’t have known better I would have thought they were all real. Much of the movie was done in CGI, but seriously I couldn’t tell.
The story plot was much like the original. Mowgli (Neel Sethi) was found alone in the jungle as a baby. He was taken to the Wolves and raised as one of their own. That is, until he was forced to leave the pack because Shere Khan (Indris Elba), a local Tiger, was upset a “human cub’ was in the jungle. As Mowgli journeys back to the “man village” with Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), he runs into even more obstacles and becomes separated from the panther.
This is where things get interesting and the real adventure to self discovery begins for Mowgli. This is also when Baloo (Bill Murray) meets Mowgli and a great friendship is formed. I have to admit, Bill Murray was the “bear necessity” for this movie. From the moment he was on screen, I was captivated. Laughing to crying to jumping out of my seat; he along with the rest of the cast delivered a winner in my book!
Now one question I keep getting asked, “Is this movie for kids?” I can only answer by saying, it depends on the kid. There are moments that are a bit “dark” and moments which had my heart racing but I would not call it frightening. I took my 10 year old and 7 year old and they absolutely LOVED the movie. I would say this movie is geared toward school aged and older.
So what are you waiting for? Go see it! You will be glad you did.
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