We all know the story of the Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. How the Man-Cub brought peace to the jungle. We’ve seen Disney’s iterations of the story. The original 1967 (also Jungle Book 2 released in 2003) version of the story that inspired Disney’s beautiful live-action film that released in 2016 directed by Jon Favreau, and the 1994 live-action version as well. There’s also the 1942 live-action version of the film. Prior to yesterday, there were 6 total iterations of Rudyard Kipling’s classic 1842 story. Well, Netflix may have just given us the best iteration of the story. The Andy Serkis directed Netflix original, Mowgli.
This was definitely a visually stunning film that I’m sure was beautiful for those that have seen it in theaters. The story follows Mowgli (Rohan Chand) who was left in the jungle after the death of his parents. He was watched by the animals of the jungle and raised in hopes he may bring peace to the jungle. The story of resilience, fear, and overcoming obstacles no matter the hardship or consequences. This story was heartwarming and powerful. We saw our favorite characters in Baloo (Andy Serkis), Bagheera (Christian Bale), Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Kaa (Cate Blanchett) all bring us back to our childhood.
The acting and the visuals bind this story together. This film was meant for IMAX screens. The beauty of the CGI and voice acting was awesome. We all know Andy Serkis is a genius when it comes to motion capture, and that shows very well in this film. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch as a villain always works out well. He’s played Khan (Star Trek: Into the Darkness), Smaug (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), and now Sheere Khan. Christian Bale as Baloo is amazing, and Cate Blanchett as Kaa was very intriguing. The one part of the film that actually pulls it together is Rohan Chand as Mowgli. He was simply amazing and did a wonderful job. He played the part all too well, and the young man was made for it. Andy Serkis got the best out of him, and it shows in every scene.
The other aspect that is captured in this film is the human aspect. Mowgli is a man-cub, he was raised in the jungle, but ultimately he’s a human. Just like there’s Sheere Khan, there’s the human Hunter, Lockwood. He’s been hunting animals in the jungle for some time but vows to kill the Tiger, Sheere Khan. This portion if the story is amazing because it builds a backend that you don’t expect. The world that is built by screenwriter Callie Kloves is lovely. The mesh of the humans and animals is awesome. There’s something deeper in this story, you truly do reap what you sow.
This film was amazing. The motion capture was awesome. The visuals were crazy good. The story was better than any iteration I’ve seen before. This was truly the Jungle Book the way we were intended to see it. Andy Serkis and his crew deserve all the credit for making this amazing film come together so well. Seeing these stories raw is good for anybody. This film is definitely not targeted towards children but to the generations before that grew up with the original versions of the film. I highly suggest watching this on Netflix asap.
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Starring Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, and Rohan Chand – Mowgli
Human child Mowgli is raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own, but the fearsome tiger Shere Khan doesn’t take a liking to him. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.