“Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” Review

Marco Herrera, Staff Writer

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“Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” is a much darker story than either the animated or the live-action “Jungle Book” movies. The PG-13 rating lets it tell a much grittier and violent version of the story which could have been considered great if the other two versions did not already exist.

 

While this movie is definitely good enough to have made it to the big screen, Disney had already released their own “Jungle Book” live action movie. Unfortunately, the 2016 version is automatically a million times better because it is made by Disney. This is definitely what landed “Legend of the Jungle” to be a Netflix exclusive.

 

All of the jungle animals were given strange human-like facial features that make them look like horrifying nightmare creatures. They all look as if they were humans that missed the last step while animorphing. Instead of Baloo (played by Andy Serkis) being the goofy comic relief, he looks and acts like an old grumpy war veteran that trains Mowgli (played by Rohan Chand) and the rest of the wolf cubs. Bagheera (played by Christian Bale) is another one of Mowgli’s mentors that also has a PTSD freakout and almost kills Mowgli at one point.

 

Instead of the usual plot of the other “Jungle Book” movies where Bagheera and Baloo take Mowgli across the jungle so he can be saved from the evil tiger Shere Khan (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), the plot of this movie is that wolf politics makes it confusing on whether or not everyone should let Mowgli get killed.

 

The most interesting part of this movie is when Mowgli has to live in the human village next door after being banished from the jungle for saving the wolves’ lives because of wolf politics. Mowgli’s struggle between whether he is a human or animal is very well depicted and despite the strange CGI man-imals this movie is definitely worth watching.