Latest ‘Jungle Book’ sticks to the bare necessities

Lily Pope / Photo submitted

Reviewed by Lily Pope
Times-News correspondent

   Disney’s new release, “The Jungle Book,” transports moviegoers into the jungle and life of young Mowgli (Neel Sethi). For an hour and 45 minutes, viewers are brought back to the simple bare necessities and can forget their worries with Mowgli’s action-packed adventures.
Mowgli was the son of a traveler, and after he lost his father, he was raised by a pack of wolves who treated him as an equal and referred to him as a “man-cub.” They raised him as one of their own, and showed him the way of the jungle. After not being able to stay, due to threats of Shere Khan (Idris Elba), who believed that all men were a threat to the jungle, Mowgli grudgingly set out to find his way back to his tribe along with the help of his panther friend, Bagheera (Ben Kingsley).
On their way, Mowgli was being hunted by Shere Khan, who decided that the jungle was not safe until Mowgli was dead. After a gruesome battle between Bagheera and Shere Kan, Mowgli and Bagheera were separated, leaving Mowgli alone to find his way. On his journey, he ran into Baloo (Bill Murray) they became great friends and worked together, Mowgli helping Baloo find food and Baloo protecting Mowgli from the many threats of the jungle.
This new version of Disney’s 1967 animated musical is far from the jungle moviegoersremember, with lots of “jump-scares” and threatening predators. This movie is definitely geared toward upper elementary kids and older. With deaths of favorite figures and lots of action, it would be too intense for young viewers. Rudyard Kipling would be happy to see his collection of stories come to life in this gorgeous rendition.

Lily Pope is a seventh-grade home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer.

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