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Movie Review: The Jungle Book

Scene from the movie "The Jungle Book."

Scene from the movie “The Jungle Book.”

By: Anton Massopust III

How many lives is a man-cub worth?

A tiger seeks revenge and wants the life of a young boy, Mowgli, (played by Neel Sethi.) He is raised by a pack of wolves when his father is killed by a Bengal Tiger named Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba). In order to save his adopted family’s life, Mowgli decides to leave the jungle. A black panther named Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley) decides to take him back to the mysterious creature called man. Along the way, he runs into a deadly python known as Kaa, (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and was rescued by a lovable bear named Baloo, (voiced by Bill Murray). He also runs into a giant orangutan (voiced by Christopher Walken).

Is this new version of The Jungle Book fun for kids and adults? Yes. You do get to hear the great songs that made the animated version famous such as, “I want to be like you” and “The bare necessities.” But you have to wait for the closing credits for some of them.

The blending of live action and computer animation is great and flawless. You really believe that the young character actor playing Mowgli is interacting with all kinds of animals.

Kids will love this and adults will too. It has plenty of action and adventure. A great life story about a young hero and his journey protecting the jungle. Bill Murray is perfectly cast as the bear, Baloo and I really love Christopher Walken’s rendition of “I want to be like you.” Go check it out and bring the whole family.

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