I hate to admit it, but The Jungle Book is the first Disney movie I have not been excited to see in theaters. It was not one of my favorite Disney movies as a kid, so I guess I assumed I wouldn’t enjoy this version either. Boy was I completely wrong! It was the best Disney movie I have seen lately, and that is saying a lot since I love Disney.
I have my daughter to thank for persuading me to go to the advanced screening this week. I only went because she really wanted to see it, but from the opening scene, I was hooked. It is one of those movies that catches you right from the beginning and keeps you waiting to see what will happen next. Because of this, it makes for a pretty intense movie that parents may want to decide if their younger children are ready for. (By younger I am referring to children 6 or younger.) My daughter is 7 and my son is 9 and they both loved it as much as their father and I did.
At the beginning of the movie you are introduced to Mowgli (Neel Sethi), the man-cub who has been raised by wolves. Found within the woods by Bagheera (Sir Ben Kingsley) as a young boy, Mowgli knows no other life than that of the jungle. Unfortunately, Shere Khan, (Idris Elba) a bengal tiger with a score to settle decides that it is time to rid the jungle of the man-cub.
The story of The Jungle Book is brought to life in an amazing way, as director Jon Favreau is known for doing. As the movie goer you are quickly immersed into an life-like adventure that will have you forgetting that the majority of the characters are animation. It is a great story of love, adventure and finding out who you are and accepting that person.
I don’t purchase many movies for viewing at home, but this is one that will be part of my movie library as soon as it becomes available. Until then if you have been trying to decide whether or not to see The Jungle Book, I would say it’s a “must” see!
Please let me know if you end up going. I would love to hear your thoughts.