Year of Release: 2016
Related to/Remake of: The Jungle Book (1967)
Directed By: Jon Favreau*
Music By: John Debney
Starring: Neel Sethi (as Mowgli), Ben Kingsley (voice) (as Bagheera), Bill Murray (voice) (as Baloo), Idris Elba (voice) (as Shere Khan), Christopher Walken (voice) (King Louie), Lupita Nyong’o (voice) (as Raksha), and Scarlett Johansson (voice) (as Kaa)
Basic Plot: A young boy, alone in the jungle since he was an infant and raised by a family of wolves, has his life threatened by a tiger, and is told that he must return to a “man village”. Along the way, things don’t go exactly as planned…
Rating (Out of 4): 3
Pros: Some pretty impressive CGI effects, and a beautiful representation of the jungle landscape. Great voice work, particularly from Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, and Christopher Walken.
Cons: Unnecessary musical numbers that seem to be included simply to remind the audience of the animated movie. The character of Kaa the snake is wasted, with less than five minutes of screen time.