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The Jungle Book

Date:From April 15, 2016

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Rating on IMDB: 8.0/10

The live-action epic adventure, a remake of 1967 American animated musical comedy revolves around an orphan boy who is raised in the jungle with the help of a family of wolves, a bear and a black panther. The story begins when the boy embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by a panther and a free-spirited bear. It presents both IMAX 3D and 3D versions in the city.


Director: Jon Favreau

Writers: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling (book)

Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley 

Plot Keywords: tiger | jungle | remake | friends who live together | black panther 

Taglines: The legend will never be the same.

Genres: Adventure | Drama | Family | Fantasy

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 15 April 2016 (China)

Runtime: 105 min

Sound Mix: Datasat | Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color: Color


Reviews of users from IMDB

A Visual Effects Marvel Not Much Else

by lens-flares from United States

You must have heard it by now. The movie was shot entirely in a warehouse in LA. And it boggles the mind every time I saw a wide panning shot of the jungle. Reminiscent of the kind of the Special effects that produced the sweeping vistas of Pandora in Avatar. But much like Avatar, Jungle book is lacking in almost every other department. After hearing rave reviews about the lead actor, I had high hopes since the movie hinges on this one performance. He's OK. Bill Murray as Baloo was one of the bright spots. He has the funniest moments and is truly every bit the bear from the original cartoon movie. Idris Elba's turn as Shere Khan is a revelation. A very terrifying villain, his voice commands your attention. The story however, nothing much new. It hops from one nostalgic moment to the next executed with some odd creative choices. Some of the dialogue was uninspired and pacing was a bit off. A live action version should have enabled them to explore some of the other characters in more depth but here they have as many dimensions as they had in the cartoon movie or worse. At least the cartoon was more entertaining with it's dance numbers and colorful characters. The way this one ended it was clearly leaving it open for a sequel. I would have preferred a solid ending which wrapped everything up neatly. This movie was clearly made for kids. The trailer gave me the impression we would get something more complex and mature. I was wrong. Warner Brothers also has it's live action Jungle Book movie coming out albeit 2 years away. Andy Serkis's Jungle Book movie may deliver after all.

Does justice to the animated classic.

By Anurag-Shetty from India

The Jungle Book is a live-action adaptation of Disney's famous animated film, The Jungle Book(1967). It is also based on Rudyard Kipling's novel of the same name. Mowgli(Neel Sethi) has lived in the jungle, for as long as he can remember. In the jungle, he is raised by a pack of wolves, led by Akela(Giancarlo Esposito). A wolf named Raksha(Lupita Nyong'o), is the only mother he has ever known. He has an ally & a friend, in a panther named Bagheera(Ben Kingsley). When the treacherous tiger Shere Khan(Idris Elba), opposes to Mowgli staying in the jungle, Bagheera has to return the man-cub to the man village. While on their journey, Mowgli & Bagheera receive help from a grizzly bear, named Baloo(Bill Murray). Now, it is up to Bagheera & Baloo to take Mowgli to the man village, safe & sound. 

The Jungle Book is a mind blowing film. It is the most gorgeous movie, I have ever seen. What's extremely fascinating is that, the whole environment in the film is CGI. The animals are also CGI & yet, they look extremely lifelike. The forest the movie is set in, looks breathtaking. Director Jon Favreau & the rest of the crew, have maintained the soul of the 1967 animated movie of the same name. Kudos to the visual effects team, for making a live-action adaptation of a movie like The Jungle Book. Don't worry. This film is not a carbon copy of the Disney animated original. Favreau adds many new elements to the film, that will keep you guessing right till the end. The set pieces of the movie, are its highlight. The 3D provides immersion & there are quite a few scenes, that will make you duck in your seats. The casting is flawless. Newcomer Neel Sethi is outstanding as Mowgli. Sethi doesn't just play Mowgli, he embodies the character. Bill Murray is hilarious & adorable as Baloo. Murray & Sethi's rendition of The Bare Necessities, is as good as the 1967 version of the same song. Ben Kingsley is awesome as Bagheera. Idris Elba is spectacular as Shere Khan. Elba's voice-over of the predatory antagonist, is menacing & flawless. Lupita Nyong'o is amazing as Raksha. Nyong'o gives an emotional & layered performance, as the voice of Mowgli's adoptive mother. Scarlett Johansson is excellent as Kaa. I liked Johansson's version of Kaa, much better than the '67 incarnation of the sneaky snake. Giancarlo Esposito is great as Akela. Christopher Walken is superb as King Louie. The Jungle Book is a must watch on the big screen, with your entire family. Go, relive this timeless tale.

Where to watch:

Yonghua Cinema http://www.idealshanghai.com/venues/19/

Wanda Cinemas http://www.idealshanghai.com/venues/17420/

Shanghai Film Art Center http://www.idealshanghai.com/venues/21/

Stellar Cinema City http://www.idealshanghai.com/venues/22/

Cathay Theater http://www.idealshanghai.com/venues/2228/

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