Movie Review: The Jungle Book

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My 10 year-old son and I had the opportunity to see The Jungle Book earlier this week and we were both amazed and captivated. My son and I were quickly drawn into the rich, vibrant scenery, with a classic story that was incredibly well-told. This movie is based off of Rudyard Kipling’s collection of short stories and draws inspiration from the Disney 1967 animated film. Mowgli (a brilliant Neel Sethi) was a child orphaned and brought to be raised a wolf family by a panther, Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley). When his wolf tribe is threatened by a tiger, Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba), Mowgli travels to return to the man village and encounters a fun-loving bear, Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray) who helps him to steer clear of a sneaky snake, Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and a larger-than- life King Louie (voiced by Christopher Walken). Ultimately, Mowgli is forced to defend his pack and confront his past.

THE JUNGLE BOOK (Pictured) BAGHEERA and MOWGLI. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK (Pictured) BAGHEERA and MOWGLI. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

This movie was a visual delight and had some of the spunk (and two musical cameos) from the Disney animated film, with a few clean jokes aimed towards the adults. The animals and the jungle life were so incredibly life-like, I feel certain that we will be hearing about this movie again during Oscar season. This movie is definitely a must-see for most children and all adults. In my opinion, this movie is best for children 5 years and up, mostly due to mild animal violence and suspenseful scenes. There were no gruesome or bloody scenes, but there are several animal fights and a few deaths. If your child enjoys an adrenaline rush and understands the food chain, younger than 5 may enjoy this movie. Rated PG.

THE JUNGLE BOOK (Pictured) MOWGLI and BALOO. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK (Pictured) MOWGLI and BALOO. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 


 

This post brought to you by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, but all opinions are my own.

About the Author

Liz Haskins
Liz is a mom of three equally active and adorable sons, aged six, eight and twelve. As a child, her family moved to Western Springs from Central Illinois, and she and her husband are thrilled to raise their own family here. She works two days a week as a medical assistant, so she tries to fill her time with the boys outside of school with activities that they can all enjoy. This winter, they’ve enjoyed swimming at a few indoor pools, and the boys love going to zoos and children’s museums. In the summer they love to do anything outdoors; they try to hit a different park every week! Their go-to for indoor days are open play spaces that have a range of activities to accommodate her children’s age differences. Outside of being a mom and working, Liz’s passions are photography, reading, and, as an extrovert, she loves meeting new people and connecting over mutual interests.

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