The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, is in theaters this weekend. This remake of Disney’s 1967 animated version is also based on Rudyard Kipling’s books but uses CGI to its advantage to take the story to a whole new level according to pretty much everyone that’s seen it thus far. The movie is sitting at 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes after 164 reviews counted, and at 90% from the 34,000+ viewers that have already seen it. That is almost 10 points higher than the reviews for the ’67 version, making Favreau’s take a rare exception in the quality of remakes. It looks like TJB is one movie that it will be worth it to pay the extra bucks to see in 3D. I’m hoping to do just that sometime this weekend!
In The Jungle Book, Mowgli, a human boy is raised by wolves but is forced to leave his beloved jungle home when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan threatens him because he is the human enemy. Mowgli is accompanied on his adventure to find his fellows humans by the panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo. Disney says the movie “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.”
TJB stars newcomer Neel Sethi (who won the part over 2,000 others who auditioned!) as Mowgli, and an all-star voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, the late Garry Shandling as Ikki, and Christopher Walken as King Louie.
You can check out production images from the movie, as well as the full cast list and credits over on our TJB movie page HERE.
The Jungle Book is in theaters across the States today, April 15, and will be hitting theaters in most countries before the end of the month.
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