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The Jungle Book

 

(IMAX, 3D) – remake of the original Jungle Book movie. I don’t really remember the first one at all, so I cannot make any comparisons. However, I will say that I really enjoyed the film. It is beautiful to watch – the computer animation is spectacular, and all of the creatures of the forest appear so lifelike, and Mowgli (the man-cub) fits amazingly among them. The actors who do the voices are well chosen – Scarlett Johanssen as Kaa the snake, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and Bill Murray as Ballu the bear (who is very funny), for example. There is a lot of action mixed with some very funny scenes. And, the film is a really wonderful story for all ages of how the different species work together in times of crisis. Big thumbs up from me, I was completely entertained. I definitely recommend seeing this in 3D – I think it added to the depth and richness of the forest and its creatures. My only caution is that the movie has some very intense scenes that may be too much for some young children. I think some of that could have been toned down to make it less scary in places; in most parts of the film, the animals and their dialogue with Mowgli are really sweet and would appeal to the young kids.

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