Director : Jon Favreau

Story: Rudyard Kipling

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Neel Sethi, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o

Kipling’s most phenomenal creation, The Jungle Book, engulfs the childhood of millions of children across the length and breadth of this planet and I am a happy part of the group.

Maintaining the buoyant heartbeat beneath all the digital flash, Favreau never loses sight of the fact that he’s making an adventure story for children. Even then, people of all ages can enjoy this lively family treat, irrespective of the fact if they grew up on an oft-looped VHS-tape of Disney’s 1967 animated classic or cherished the leather bound book which promised darker truths.

The film opens with the 10- year-old-man-cub Mowgli deep into his wolf training. Discovered abandoned in the jungle by the sage black panther Bagheera, Mowgli is being raised by a wolf couple Raksha and Akela.

Conflict then occurs when the tyrannical Bengal Tiger Shere Khan demands that Mowgli be surrendered to him. Mowgli teams up with ingratiatingly lazy bear, Baloo. Favreau understanding the importance of their relationship gives it full justice and time, undoubtedly delighting the viewers of all kinds. The song collection too made the entire audience grin ear-to-ear especially when the song ‘Bare Necessities’ made an appearance.

That said, The Jungle Book is a fun and extraordinary film. A good movie provides a couple of hours of entertainment but a great one transports you from your seat into an entirely different world.

Malvika Nair