Saturday, April 30, 2016

Movie Review: The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling is one of the most beloved children's stories ever told.  I grew up with the animated Disney version and instantly wanted to be Mogli, the boy who was raised by wolves.  The story is simple.  Mogli, who lives in the jungle, grows into a boy who uses 'tricks' or objects as tools to make his and his animal friends' lives easier.   The tiger has it in for him and his days are numbered.  Mogli leaves his wolf pack and ends up befriending a bear.  The tiger eventually catches up with him.  No spoilers here.

My review: A real boy and animals that certainly look real took this magical story to a whole new level.  Everything, from the tree branches the boy was running on to the silky black coat of the panther look real.  John Favreau, the director, hit the ball way, way, way out of the park with this one.  I can not say enough about it.  The 3D Imac theatre experience only enhanced the movie.  I would spend the money on this ticket-worth every penny.  Bill Murray, the bear, was my favorite, but the entire cast of all-stars was amazing.  This movie will thrill kids as well as adults.  Still love the old version, but this one is too good to pass up.  Hope to see it win big at next year's Oscars.  5/5 Stars

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