The Jungle Book (2016) – available now on Virgin Movies | Virgin Media
The Jungle Book (2016) – available now on Virgin Movies

The Jungle Book (2016) – available now on Virgin Movies

22/08/2016Movies

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Reluctantly, the decision is made to take Mowgli to the “man village” for his own safety. And so begins an epic adventure begins. Along the way Mowgli encounters a hypnotic snake (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and Louie the King of the Apes (Christopher Walken), who is determined to learn the secret of fire. He also meets a great big cuddly, lazy bear named Baloo (Bill Murray) who teaches Mowgli all about the Bare Necessities of life.

Mowgli’s journey is an exhilarating, often dangerous race against time, with Shere Khan in hot pursuit…

     

What do we think?

The Jungle Book is a triumphant reimagining of a Disney classic that sets a new standard for CGI animation with the scale of its ambition and extraordinary attention to detail.

It’s full of dramatic moments, it’s genuinely heart-pounding stuff as Mowgli races through the jungle pursued by Shere Khan, who is far from a fluffy pantomime baddie, he’s the real deal, a truly frightening villain. It’s also very moving, the bonds Mowgli makes with his animal friends are true and deep; it’s heart-breaking to think he must leave them behind to go to the man village. There’s also plenty of humour too, primarily courtesy of Baloo, with Bill Murray playing it to perfection.

The Jungle Book just wouldn’t be The Jungle Book without the beloved songs Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You, and sure enough, they are woven into this new version seamlessly. 

There’s so much here to enjoy that no matter what your age, this is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

The Jungle Book trivia

  • Bill Murray’s brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, has also voiced the character of Baloo in a previous 1998 Jungle Book film.
  • Idris Elba’s voice can be heard in three Disney films in 2016 – The Jungle Book, Zootropolis and Finding Dory.
  • Over 2000 children auditioned for the role of Mowgli, which went to newcomer Neel Sethi.
  • The cast includes three Oscar winners -  Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o and Christopher Walken.
  • In both Rudyard Kipling’s book and the 1967 Disney film, the snake Mowgli encounters is male, but director Jon Favreau changed it to a female snake as he felt there were too many male characters and not enough female.

 

The Jungle Book is available now on Virgin Movies.  To watch, press Home on your Virgin Media remote, then On Demand > Movies