Last Friday, Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book hit theaters and it hit hard!
With an amazing opening box office weekend, both domestically and worldwide, fans flooded theaters to see this star studded film which not only brought the story of the 1967 animated version to life but did so in a way that hadn’t been seen before.
With Mowgli (Neel Sethi) being the only non-animated character in the film, audiences were taken on a journey through the jungle where they were introduced to the reimagined animal characters they grew up loving.
Behind each character was a beloved actor who truly brought the role to life. Kaa was portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, Baloo was voiced by Bill Murray, Bagheera was voiced by Ben Kingsley, King Louie was voiced by Christopher Walken and Raksha was voiced by Lupita Nyong’o…this list goes on…
Though, for the most part, the story paralleled Disney’s animated feature, Jon Favreau’s directing is truly what set it apart. The jungle was a rich and lavash environment that never seemed to end. What fans may not have known is that the entire film was shot on a sound stage in Los Angeles!
On top of that, the film incorporated some of the original music like “Bear Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You”. The the musical numbers didn’t seem to fit the atmosphere of the film at times, it was still fun to hear these songs rerecorded by the new voice actors.
Overall, The Jungle Book is a technological masterpiece with a good story, great acting and a ton of nostalgia.
To really get a feel for what went into this film, I highly recommend seeing it in 3D!