Movie Review – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, 2018.

Directed by Andy Serkis.

Starring Rohan Chand, Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, Naomie Harris, Peter Mullan, Eddie Marsan, Matthew Rhys, Jack Reynor, Tom Hollander, and Louis Ashbourne Serkis.

Synopsis:

A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.

No one necessarily needed Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, and although charming, it itself ultimately felt unnecessary, a momentarily distracting vague-retelling of a lesser-Disney flick.

So word of motion-capture mogul Andy Serkis taking on a similar retelling of the source material felt further perfunctory. How many more times are we going to be told of Mowgli’s inter-species relationships with a host of wild, lovable characters?

Turns out just the once. Serkis abandons the charm of Favreau’s or that of the Disney original and placates it for a genuine grimness.
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