Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o.
The pitch: A young boy abandoned in the jungle is raised by a wolf. The threat of death forces Mowgli to begin a journey back to be with others of his own kind. That trip is filled with adventures.
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The formula: Take more than the bare necessities of the animated version of “The Jungle Book.” Herd up parts of Rudyard Kipling’s original book. Swing in with a few moments of the 1994 live action film.
Go see it: Even if you don’t care for Kipling, the film is visually stunning.
Don’t go see it: If you believe the nothing will ever top the 1967 animated version.
All alone: Young actor Neel Sethi turns in a remarkable performance considering he’s the only living thing in the movie. Everything else – from plants to mountains – were created in a computer.