Typically I wouldn’t voluntarily go see a PG Disney movie in the theaters, but it was well publicized that the visuals of this film are revolutionary in the likes of Jurassic Park and Gravity, so I decided I needed to see it for myself. And I’d have to agree that The Jungle Book looks exemplary, including the 3D. I usually find the gimmick too distracting and not worth it, but it works great here. On top of that, it’s just a very solid movie (full disclosure, I’m assuming I’ve seen the 1967 original before, but I honestly have no recollection of it).
They really knocked the voice casting out of the park with this one. Idris Elba is especially menacing as the tiger Shere Khan and Christopher Walken puts a mob boss twist on King Louie that will remind you of his famous scene in True Romance (my favorite movie of all time). Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, and Lupita Nyong’o round out that cast. If you’re stuck taking your 10 year old nephew to the movies, you’re much better off seeing this instead of Barbershop 3. Tier 3