Review of Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK


 photo IMG_2717_zpsrrh3tadl.jpg We had the opportunity to preview “The Jungle Book” and found it to be action-packed but endearing at the same time.  My son is 9 and it was just the right amount of thrill for him, I think a child under the age of 7 might have some moments of startle or get slightly afraid at some of the more evil characters (like the tiger).  However, it was fun to have a little bit of fear watching the movie with my son. He grabbed my hand a few times and looked over at me with an “OMG” face – I got a real kick out of it.  The mix of a real boy with the animated creatures was also very different and I really liked them together – it was well done in that I felt like they were really together.  It rounded out with some adorable little critters and funny ones making it an overall perfect movie for a theater in 3D.

Here’s more about the movie:
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.

The wild adventure is in theaters in 3D now. Rated PG.

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