My youngest daughter (8) and I were invited to a screening of Jungle Book. It opens on Friday, April 15, 2016. My opinions are my own.
“Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.”
The movie is true to the original Jungle Book, even with our favorite song: Bare Necessities. But there is so much more to the movie. It’s about facing your fears, conforming to society, but also being an individual, learning to love and accept others that are different, respect, and learning how to be a self-sufficient individual.
I loved the relationship between Mowgli and Raksha. I thought Grey was well cast as adoring little brother. There are no words to describe how awesome Bill Murray was as Baloo. I think Bill just gets better and better with age. Mowgli (Neel Sethi) was brilliant. Especially since he was acting to puppets.
There was a point when I jumped out of my seat. My daughter (8) during one of the fight scenes asked to cuddle with her and then cover her eyes.
Jungle Book also tells the story of how Mowgli came to be a Man Cub.
This is Jungle Book. You will see survival of the fittest. But you will also animals who are natural enemies working together to survive.
I do recommend Jungle Book.
I would make sure your child can handle the scary scenes though.
Photos republished with permission from Disney