Paul’s review of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Mowgli was released on 29th November 2018 and is directed by Andy Serkis who also voices one of the characters in the movie. It is based on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and stars Rohan Chand in the lead role.

 The first thing that hits you when the movie opens is that this is not going to be the same as the cutesy, sing-along Disney version as there is a lot of blood and death which will probably explain its 12-rating. So, I would not recommend it for a younger audience. The story is very good and the acting from young Rohan was very believable. The voices for the main characters are from very well known, mainly British, actors and I thought they played their parts very well. The usual characters are all there as well as one I have never seen before, a young albino wolf voiced by Louis Ashbourne Serkis. If Bhoot does not make you cry, you are HEARTLESS! The CGI was also very good with a good musical score to help with the tension.

I really enjoyed this movie, it was a lot darker than what I was expecting and Remmy tells me that this was closer to what Kipling wrote in his book. I am glad someone decided to write and release something other than the Disney version (which I also liked!). I hope it becomes available to buy on disc as I want it in my collection. An easy 5/5 from me.

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2 thoughts on “Paul’s review of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

  1. Steven Fritchie

    I agree that this is an excellent adaptation of The Jungle Book. The character of Bhoot did make me cry. Andy Serkis’ son did an excellent characterization of Bhoot. King Louis is the only character missing from this version, but it doesn’t detract from the movie.
    I recommend this highly for adults and some children. It is a bit scary at times, especially the scenes with Shere Khan.

  2. Remmy Meggs

    Although I love the latest Disney version of Mowgli, this version is truer to Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Keep in mind that Kipling wrote it as a child’s book, and the blood and guts are there as well. So when the rating is PG-13 or 12-rating these were things that weren’t invented at the time of Kipling’s life.

    All children should see this! One of the things I liked that Serkis did was show that feral children never learn to speak. Right on Andy. Yes some of them, if found young enough, can learn a few words but none of them to this day have actually spoken like a human.

    In the original Kaa (the Python) played a much bigger part, and true to the book Serkis does this right. Disney did it completely wrong! The cute and deadly part of this book, one that will tear your heart out is Louis Serkis, the son of Andy. In this case, he just did the voice over, but it was spectacular.

    If I was able to do 10 stars this one would get it! – Remmy Meggs

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