Movie Review: The Jungle Book

It looks like Jon Favreau and a team of effects wizards did a wonderful jog with this rendition of The Jungle Book. Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
It looks like Jon Favreau and his team of effects wizards did a wonderful job with this rendition of The Jungle Book. Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

By Kyler Kuehler

The Jungle Book is a live-action film based on the work of English novelist Rudyard Kipling’s novel of the same name, which was distributed by Walt Disney and released in theaters on April 15. The film centers around a young boy (known as a man-cub to the animals) named Mowgli, who was raised by wolves after being discovered by the black panther Bagheera, who originally brought him to the pack. All seems well until the vicious Bengal tiger known as Shere Khan threatens to take Mowgli’s life due to his hatred for the species of man and their so called destructive nature to the “laws of the jungle”. It is then that the wolves and Bagheera realize that the jungle is no longer safe for Mowgli as Shere Khan will stop at nothing to kill him and so they must return him to the man-village before Shere Khan can have his brutal blood-thirsty ways with the man-cub.

After reviewing this film and closely examining all the aspects that were provided I would have to award this film nine and a half out of ten stars.

This film deserves such a high rating comes due to many reasons. First off it has to be the plot of the film in general. Throughout the film audiences are introduced to new twists and turns as the story progresses which leaves them to wondering if things are going to turn out the way they had hoped they would. The shade of darkness and sadness to the film also drew audiences closer to film as it appears to not only draw in the target of young children, but older ones as well as teenagers giving everyone of every age many great scenes and characters that they are sure to enjoy time and time again. With all that the plot offers, it really strives to make it the best for everyone and it did succeed in doing so, which is just what the world of Disney always fights hard to reach no matter how challenging their work may appear.

The characters also played a great role in the success of the film as they each expressed their true emotions and traits as they made their big entrance upon the big screen to wow the audience and reveal their major role in the story’s entirety. Though all the characters (except Mowgli) were shown in CGI the voices of each really revealed their true identity to the film as they showed audiences just what their main purpose was to the film. It was even like each character revealed a different story that added more hype to the film and always left audiences wanting more entertaining characters that were sure to be adored by them regardless if they were protagonist or antagonist.

The final success of the film was indeed the special effects that brought more magic and action to the film as they made the film appear to be more real and not just a movie that was slapped onto a screen only to be watched and never really intriguing to the imagination. Even the way the animals were portrayed really laid out more excitement to the film as they appeared to be the way people would imagine them to be even though they might not be one hundred percent accurate, like Baloo, King Louie and Kaa that all appeared much larger than their realistic forms would be. But that was all to help make the film more exciting and have a great impact on the characters themselves that always left the audience wanting more.

Though one down side to the film was the chance to bring the musical aspect of the film to life, which felt like it was lacking and almost like the characters really were not meant to sing in the first place.

Other than that the film really showed us all what Disney films are made of and really put on a great show in this newly film added to their collection of other greats.

Check out this trailer to get a glimpse of what you’re missing: