I literally finished this book last week, so to delve right back into this world so quickly, was awesome as I really got to see how it would adapt to screen…once again. I actually think this was one of the best book to movie adaptions I have seen in a while, and definitely beats the original. I didn’t think it would be possible, but it really did.
This was what I would call a more mature version of this film, and featured a great script full of so much heart and fitted this amazing cast well. The visual effects and the array of camera shots throughout really made this what it was. I was truly impressed. It helped bring forward the main concept for this particular movie, that being the feeling of belonging, and being accepted for what you are.
The characters were brought to life in a way we didn’t get to see before, especially Shere Khan, who was brilliantly voiced by Idris Elba. His low gravelly tone fit this character perfectly, making him a villain you love to hate.
I also felt that Akela, the leader of the wolf pack, was very reminiscent of Aslan from Narnia. I am not sure if anyone will think that once they have seen it, but I found it to be very familiar, but in a good way.
Something I really loved about this was how different Bagheera and Baloo were portrayed in this, than in the first movie, as well as the book. Baloo in particular was shown to be a bit of a hustler, or as Bagheera calls him, a ‘con artist’. However, over the course of the movie, we see how they evolve into the characters that we know and love, including how Baloo’s friendship with Mowgli causes him to change his ways, and finally care for someone other than himself.
If you want action, adventure, and whole lot of bravery, this is just the movie for you. A classic reinvented, and a love that will remain for years to come.