The Jungle Book (2016) Monday, 13 July 2020

The Jungle Book (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild threat and violence, some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch:

    Welcome to the jungle.

  • Starring:

    Neel Sethi (and voices of): Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Garry Shandling

  • Directed by:

    Jon Favreau

  • Running time:

    105 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are pursued, slashed, bitten, accidentally poked with a porcupine quill, swiped, knocked down, near-stomped, thrown through the air/from a high cliff, swept away, hypnotised, burned, constricted (by snake), crushed beneath falling objects/debris, stung by bees, mocked, grabbed, swung through treetops, hit with objects. Ferocious animal attacks (no injury detail seen). Characters fall from high ledges/to the ground, fall down a ravine. Animal stampede, building/temple collapse. A character jokes that in some species the runt of the litter is eaten. Howling, growling, roaring, screaming, yelling. Baby chicks dying from starvation and neglect mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody scratches, grazes, healed wounds, bee stings. Scars. Cloudy eye. Rib bones (animal carcass) seen. Characters yelp in pain.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Boy in loincloth.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    None.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling, mocking. Oh my gosh.

  • THEMES:

    Orphans, adoption, unlikely friendships, truces, the jungle, mother-son relationships, death, tragedy, redemption, trust, respect, survival, tricks, rejection, legends, courage, fire, fear, laws, rules, coming-of-age.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Fathers attacked and killed. Tiger, wolves, panther, fireflies, birds, monkeys, squirrels, deer, butterflies, porcupine, warthogs, gazelles, rhinos, elephants, giant snake, crocodile, buffalo, long-eared jerboa (mouse-like creatures), peacock, mongoose, meerkat, turtles, frog, fox, giant snakeskin, bear, bees. Waterfalls, fireworks (opening credits), thunder, landslides. Spitting water, licking. Abseiling, rock climbing. Some timelapse cinematography, some dizzying camerawork (tumbling down a ravine). Vision under end credits, post-credit title card. Based on the book by Rudyard Kipling.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Impressive, transportative, faithful, fun, warm, insightful, satisfying, delightful, beautiful, emotional, sincere, full-hearted, tense, engaging. High-profile/stellar cast, spectacular/stunning/immersive/jaw-dropping visuals, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken are perfectly/amusingly cast, extraordinary detail, beguilingly credible CGI, exceptional photographic realism, well-staged action finale, lush score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Conventional/familiar drama, predictable finale, might benefit from more subtext/themes, classic songs (The Bare Necessities, I Wan'na Be Like You) seem shoehorned in.

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