I have fond memories of The Jungle Book from my childhood. My favorite part from way back then: The music. The story itself was a bit flat. Which may be why I was so engrossed in the story that came to life in the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book.
The modern retelling stayed true to the cartoon. Yet the story grew up, even as modern special effects made the animals far more realistic. That visual made the danger more real. Made the struggles more real.
Warning to parents: This movie was frightening to my 7 and 9-year-olds. My 10-year-old was okay with it; I think it was a personality thing more than an age things.
But they watched the movie, and afterward they seemed to have liked it, even though they were scared.
Just like the original cartoon, this movie had some slow spots that had me looking at my watch. Not sure how they could have fixed that; I think I’m just used to too much sizzle and bling from more modern movies. This movie was far more like an old movie reanimated with modern technology.
I recommend it. Let’s called it 4/5 .