The Jungle Book review
For Indians in the 90s, the song 'Jungle Jungle pata chala hai' was one of the most sweetest memory of their amazing childhood. (Yes, the kinds Y-gen would never have :p) The amazing animated cartoon that made us run from the playgrounds to sit in front of the TV before the titles concluded. The nostalgia of those times have given a great advantage to the new "Jungle Book', live-action movie by Jon Favreau. Now, my nostalgia has another story to it.
The very first English movie that I saw ever, in a then-posh A/c movie theatre called 'Sreedhar' on the Marine Drive in Kochi was....make a guess.....the 1994 'Jungle Book'. And how much I loved it then. (Surprised to know just recently, that the main lady lead in that movie was our Evil Queen Cersei, Lena Headey.) Remember that it was the first English movie, I saw in a theatre, and for those days the standards of that movie was very high. Real animals, great action scenes, good vfx. How much I was changed that day.
The movie is annoyingly short, or is it that the time passes so fast? Bagheera and Baloo were a treat to watch. There were moments that touch you too. That tells you how effective the writing was. Kaa had a brief role, while the Monkey King Louie makes an impression. I was afraid if the actual animals would scare children off, but most who came into the theatre with me did come out without much of a fuss. As for the little girl who was afraid of Shere Khan, her grandfather constantly kept reassuring that the tiger was gonna lose. Well, the Indian Censor Board did advice parental guidance.
This was also one of the finest 3D recently. Well for the Indians, again, it wouldn't come any where near 'My Dear Kuttichathan'. But it has got atleast 4-5 good 3D tricks, unlike the other 3D movies which have nothing.
An Absolute entertainer. Amazing VFX. Do catch it in the theatres.