When we went on a Boston road trip, we took some time out to watch the new The Jungle Book film directed by Jon Favreau. The film is either a live-action remake of the 1967 animated musical comedy film produced by Wal Disney, or a theatrical retelling of one of Rudyard Kipling’s original stories from The Jungle Book. It’s probably more based on the 1960’s Disney film, but I probably should read the original material at some point in my life.
The film stars young actor Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who acts mostly in front of green screens, and interacts with tennis balls. I say that because he’s the only actor physically on the set. The rest of the film is CGI. The film also stars the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Walken.
If you ignore my snark, I would tell you that it’s a pretty well done film. Very entertaining, good voice acting, and enjoyable.