An excellent movie. If you've seen the 1967 animated classic, this movie won't disappoint you, although its tone is a bit different and is slightly faster-paced. Jon Favreau does a wonderful job of staying true to the story, while giving the audience things they may not have otherwise expected. Mowgli, the young boy who is central to the storyline, is on a journey of self-discovery who happens to entangle himself with all manner of animal creatures along the way, and ultimately finds himself in a battle to prove who he really is.
The CGI (computer effects) in this movie is nothing short of fantastic. Practically all of it was shot indoors on a soundstage, and yet the movie looks so real that you feel like you're in the middle of a lush jungle. The real trophy are the animals themselves, who also look extremely real, and can openly talk- although they still retain their 'animal' feel while doing so. The voice casting is stellar, as the actors lend real feeling to their animals.
This is one of those summer 'must see' family movies; although, it is a bit darker at times, so younger children may be a little scared. There are two villainous animals, in particular, that are intimidatingly performed and may put kids on edge a bit. The final sequence is equally a bit dark (though very exciting). The ending is also one you may not expect, as it is different than the cartoon version. Overall, this is a wonderful movie- go and watch it!
A great achievement for Disney; faster-paced and darker, but worthwhile!
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