Neel Sethi plays an orphan boy who is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves (Lupita Nyong’o), a bear (Bill Murray) and a black panther (Ben Kingsley). Other voice talents include Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken. (PG – 111 minutes)
Director Jon Favreau brings “The Jungle Book” to life in a magical and breathtaking way that would make Walt Disney exceptionally proud. The new adaptation of one of the most memorable animated masterpieces from Disney’s vault pays enough homage to the classic to charm those familiar with it while simultaneously reinventing it as a grand spectacle that wraps itself around you, truly transporting you to its lavish setting. Favreau and company have gone above and beyond the “bare necessities,” using visual ingenuity to create an experience that is absolutely the next best thing to an actual trip to the jungle.