Sunday, 17 April 2016

Disney's The Jungle Book review

With many adaptations of The Jungle Book ranging from the 1967 classic animation to the 1994 full cast with Brendan Fraser, this story has always been taken in many media platforms.

The latest re-telling beautifully captures the characterization of Mowgli and his animal friends. There is a stubbornness to Mowgli but his kindness is what ultimately makes his story all the more heartwarming.

Visually, the cinema-photography and animation is so intricate and striking, that there was always something to engage with on the screen. The colours were greatly realised with the greens, pinks and browns of the jungle enraptured with creative and dynamic direction.

I really enjoyed Scarlet Johannson as the snake as there was a real creepy, playful and terrifying tone to her voice. Again, the animation was really astonishing with the scales easily visible.

However, I think that the casting of the other characters could have gone to less well-known actors because sometimes no matter how much work they put into creating a character with their voice, all you hear is the famous actor talking which distracts from the fictitious world.

Also, the pace was really strong as each famous scene from the book is given commitment to portraying the characters with heart whilst bringing something fresh with the latest technology.

King Louie was a really visual treat with his facial expressions and movement perfectly realised. The theme of the film is held throughout as Mowgli uses his tricks to defeat Khan the Tiger.

It really promotes how individuality should be encouraged and that family is extremely important and that you don't have to be blood related to have one. 

The music score gave a unique twist to songs like, 'I wanna be like you', given a drum and percussion sequence. 

I think this has to be one of the best adaptations of one of the best loved stories; the script is full of love and friendship, the direction is imaginative, characters are played with energy and flair, the music is really uplifting and the animation is quite extraordinary!

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