Jon Favreau said at D23 that this incarnation of The Jungle Book will be revolutionary in its visuals. Everything we see in this film was filmed on a sound stage in LA. The only live action element is first time actor Neel Sethi, Mowgli. I didn’t get to see that footage, but I did see the trailers that were released, and when you think about how much of this (all of it) is CGI, it’s mind blowing. Not to mention the voice cast for these iconic characters. Baloo (Bill Murray), Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), Shere Khan (Idris Elba), Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o), and the great Cristopher Walken voices King Louie. Needless to say this is going to be an epic adventure.
Epic it was. Jon Favreau directed a visual masterpiece. Every shot in this film is a sight to behold. The set pieces are beautiful. You can’t take your eyes off this movie. I didn’t want it to move so fast, I wanted to just pause the frame and just look around this jungle.
All of the animals look like they were taken right out of their habitats. Favreau doesn’t shy away from showing us every inch of them either. We get close ups on the face of Sheer Kahn and Baloo. It had me in awe.
The Jungle Book packs an emotional punch. That’s all on the star Neel Sethi. This kid will be a superstar in Hollywood. The performance he gives is layered and you feel every emotion he feels as we go
through this timeless tale. That’s a testament to Faverau’s direction. Sethi could have come across as cheesy, or way too good for his age, but he felt like the situation he was in. A kid in the jungle that has such a strong love for his family.
The voice acting is spectacular. From Kingsley, Walken, and Bill Murray they were so believable here. I didn’t think at one moment that I was watching a movie. I was in the jungle. Can’t forget to touch on the music. You get the two classic songs from the original, and man do they hit hard! The Jungle Book is one of, if not the best movie this year.