THE JUN­GLE BOOK

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - DC

Di­rected by Jon Favreau. Star­ring Neel Sethi. Voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kings­ley, Idris Elba, Lupita Ny­ong’o, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Gian­carlo Es­pos­ito, Christopher Walken, Garry

Shan­dling Un­ex­pect­edly de­light­ful pseudo-live-ac­tion restag­ing of Dis­ney’s 1967 an­i­mated hit (with some fresh bor­row­ings from Ki­pling’s source ma­te­rial). This is a gor­geous, sweep­ing en­ter­tain­ment that com­bines the epic – a rain-whipped as­cent through muddy hills is par­tic­u­larly awein­spir­ing – with the in­ti­mate and off­beat. Murray voices a dis­grace­ful Baloo; Jo­hans­son slinks as Kaa. In­deed, the film is so en­joy­able that it seems mean to point out that the end­ing is a dis­grace­ful cheat. PG cert, gen re­lease, 105 min

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