Courage, trust and friendship, those are the three things you’ll learn in Disney’s “The Jungle Book.”
The Jungle Book is a wonderful movie because it reminds you that everybody may not be equal, yet they can all get along and be friends. It also shows you that sometimes you just have to trust in someone. And most importantly trust in yourself. Because a lot of times you may not see what is truly in your heart.
A little boy who was only a few months old was found deep in the jungle by a panther, Bagheera (Sir Ben Kingsley). The panther took him to the wolves and was taken in by their pack. They decided to name this “mancub,” Mowgli (Neel Sethi). Mowgli was raised by the wolves and became one of their own. Even though the wolves knew that Mowgli wasn’t really a wolf they trusted him, gave him friendship, and helped him become part of the pack.
Mowgli knew possibly the day would come where he would have to leave the jungle and his only family, yet he never envisioned it coming so soon.
When the jungle dried up, during a water truce, a tiger, Shere Khan (Idris Elba) — who was injured in a fire accident from Mowgli’s father, which is how he was left in the jungle —threatened the wolves and their pack that if they didn’t turnover Mowgli they would lose someone, one by one.
Mowgli wasn’t going to let his family suffer and decided he was going to leave. It wasn’t easy leaving the only family he knew, yet he knew that if he didn’t everything would be worse. However, the tiger wasn’t happy with Mowgli just leaving, the tiger wanted Mowgli to be turned to him dead.
On Mowgli’s adventure through the jungle to get to the man city and return to the human’s he got sidetracked by bear named Baloo, (Bill Murray). Mowgli and Baloo created a friendship and after some twists and turns Mowgli found out that his former leader Akela, (Giancarlo Esposito) was killed by Shere Khan for not having him turned over. Mowgli couldn’t stand for that and didn’t want anyone else to be hurt so he went up against Shere Khan and stood up for the rest of the jungle.
Mowgli just a boy no more than 10 years old fought for his family and what he believed in. Friendship, courage and trust kept him alive and brought the whole jungle together for the first time. After everything the jungle didn’t look at Mowgli as an outsider, but they accepted him for who he was.
The Jungle Book is an exceptional movie that will keep you on your toes. It is full of adventure, thrillers, comedy, and the good ol’ Disney feel.
Ever since I was a child I’ve always been a Disney fan and I’ve loved every single movie I’ve seen, yet The Jungle Book has a whole different feel to it and I have to say that so far it’s the best movie of the year.
Be sure to stick around at the end for a cute little skit to see the animals return. We went to the movie twice, first on opening night and the second time we took my nine year old sister. Both times the movie theater was packed and ended in applause.
As trailers warned the movie does have some intense scenes for kids, but it is definitely worth the watch. I highly recommend taking your family to watch this movie. Young and old will enjoy the story of The Jungle Book.
The Jungle Book is now playing in theaters everywhere.
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