Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Jungle Book

Producer/Director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book is a triumph of CGI animation. 

A young boy named Mowgli (Neel Sethi) whas been marooned in the jungle as a baby and, quite remarkably, is the only live action character in the film. 
Rescued by Bagheera, a panther (Ben Kingsley’s voice), Mowgli was, subsequently raised by wolves.

The problem comes with Shere Khan, the ferocious tiger (Idris Elba’s voice), who wants to kill the offspring of the human, who gave him the burns scarring his face.

The story follows a fairly typical revenge plot that is not as strong as the craft of making the images.  Fortunately, however, the character of a bear named Baloo (Bill Murray’s voice) enters the scene and saves the day.  Murray is at his absolute best, making the plot secondary and his character’s humor and antics worth the price of admission.

For Murray and the craft, I give The Jungle Book a 4 out of 5.

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