The Jungle Book (El Libro de la Selva)

2016 At the movies May 2016 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall  from the May 2016 Edition

Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken…

Director: Jon Favreau

“The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery, though he also meets creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart.”

We stumbled into this movie quite by accident thinking we’d be seeing something else. I am so grateful that we did. This has to be one of the best, visually mesmerizing movies I’ve ever seen, with special effects that still leave me wondering how it was done. The story is engaging. The acting is wonderful as are the characters. This is not your typical animation movie. Though the animals speak and express themselves, they look completely real, right down to every detail. We were unbelievably entertained and so was the entire theatre full of our Mexican locals, in spite of English subtitles. The movie is in 3D so the realism is completely ‘in your face’. The world should see it. Bring the children, have a laugh and be joyously lost for a couple of hours. Of particular note for me was Bill Murray voicing Baloo the bear and Christopher Walken voicing King Louie, the gigantic Gorilla. Wow!

IMDB has rated this movie at 8/10 stars based on 31,637 viewers.

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