The story joins Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a young human (or “man-cub”) found in the jungle by Bagheera the panther (voiced by Ben Kingsley) and raised by wolves. However, when sinister tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) makes it clear he wants to kill Mowgli, the boy reluctantly leaves his home to find his own kind, before running into a charismatic, laid-back bear named Baloo (Bill Murray).
A little less than a year ago, the very first footage from The Jungle Book brought the house down at Disney’s D23 expo, with critics raving about the next level animation. This past weekend, the first reviews from the full-length film finally hit theaters, and… well, it turns out critics still like it a whole heck of a lot.
The Jungle Book Review & Rating by Critics | Jungle Book Trade Analysis Review
For nearly half a century the 1967 version of The Jungle Book has been one of the jewels in Disney’s crown, creating classic tunes such as The Bare Necessities that are still enjoyed by children today. Now director Jon Favreau, the man who started the Marvel superhero boom with Iron Man, has the formidable task of updating the story in live action, using the latest computer effects and a staggering cast of A-listers. But can he recapture that old magic?
Reviews range from fairly positive to really positive, but a general consensus has formed around a couple of elements: one, the 3D is some of the best we’ve seen since Avatar, and two, Idris Elba‘s Shere Khan makes for one terrifying villain. Find out what else the critics had to say in our Jungle Book reviews