Based on the original animated film, The Jungle Book is a live-action remake that, with superb CGI and a star-studded cast, proves exciting if a tad detached. The movie rehashes rather smartly the familiar characters and scenarios from the original material. That said, technological wizardry and nostalgia can only take you so far. The efforts to turn this into a more action-packed film with plenty of comedic breaks also meant a loss of thematic and aesthetic elements that once made the jungle such a mysterious or indeed magical place.
The Jungle Book | Directed by Jon Favreau (USA 2016) starring Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley. Starts April 14