As far as Disney films go, The Jungle Book is one that has a special place in my heart.
So when it was announced that Jon Favreau, would be creating a live-action version of the classic with Idris Elba, Bill Murray and Sir Ben Kingsley, it got my taste buds tingling.
Favreau’s CG filled take on Rudyard Kipling’s book is visually spectacular and right from the off the audience is plunged into the extraordinarily immersive surroundings of the Jungle.
The realism of the likes of Baloo (Murray), Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) and Shere Khan (Elba) are undeniably breath taking, but that does not detract from the solo human in the film – newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli.
The story remains very true to the original, even down to the minute details like the background score and Favreau even panders to the audience, by making a life like bear sing a certain song and King Louie (Christopher Walken) growling out I Wanna Be Like You in a Mafia boss style which is truly terrifying.
From the outset of the film, it is clear that Favreau is going in favour of realism rather than fantasy.
You may wonder well what’s real about talking animals? Well the director has an answer for that as a man cub living in the jungle has learnt the ‘language’ of the Jungle.
It may not be the all singing all dancing animated Jungle Book so many people grew up with, but this is Disney bring a much loved classic into the present and they have pretty much got it spot on.
Now a whole new generation can enjoy the tale and pass it onto their children.
JUST AN INSIGHT SCORE: 9/10