A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since the short story collection “the Jungle Book “saw the light in 1894. the Mowgli as most of us know is not Rudyard Kipling without Walt Disney, the film came in 1967 and also became a movie producer’s last. Disney brought humor to Kipling’s right dry story of human superiority. King Louie invented, Baloo began to pull one-liners and a few vultures with funny accents settled in the trees. When 50 years later again takes on her husband’s puppy is not the youngest who are the target audience – the film dubbed in Sweden. The age limit is set at 11 years and the scenes where the tiger Shere Khan is chasing Mowgli is right frightening. Everything, except Mowgli, is computer animation and so skillfully that it absolutely takes your breath away. To Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, would act like he really hangs around with jungle animals employee, however, players from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop as he had to do scenes with.
fighting between Shere Khan and Mowgli is too lengthy and drawing a little on the mouth of the air of colonialism that still looms over the story – George Orwell named not without reason Kipling to the “prophet of British imperialism”. Above all, it is depicted in the most powerful animals – Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and Shere Khan (Idris Elba) speaks haughty English there in the middle of the Indian jungles. But director Jon Favreau do an excellent job of bringing in the saga of the 2000s, not least by allowing Scarlett Johansson to make the voice of the snake Kaa and let Lupita Nyong’Os Raksha bossa of the pack. The guys may be fun – it is Beppe Wolgers class of Bill Murray Baloo and Christopher Walkens Meeting makes King Louie (which here is a jätteapa) overbearing nasty behind its outer jovial. A bit like a mixture of marshmallow man in “Ghostbusters” and soul singer Solomon Burke.
Even if This is not a musical in the same way as its predecessor, the music is abundantly present. In the hands of composer John Debney ( “The Passion of the Christ”) is the original music got a little darker, a grip we recognize from such “Maleficent”. The soundtrack is amazing. “The bare necessities” ( “The Bare Necessities”) performed both the New Orleans-dean Dr. John and Bill Murray. Scarlett Johansson makes “Trust in Me” to a spherical Bond theme and Christopher Walkens vocal efforts in “I wanna be like you” shows that he could have done other things in youth musicals than dancing. Stay there and listen in the stylish end credits.