MOWGLI: LE­GEND OF THE JUN­GLE

STAR­RING: Ro­han Chand, Matthew Rhys

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Mowgli is un­re­lated to Dis­ney’s rol­lick­ing 2016 hit The Jun­gle Book, which means there’s no big ape singing, “Ooo-be-do, I wanna be like you-oo-oo.” This ver­sion of the Rud­yard Ki­pling clas­sic di­rected by Andy Serkis (who voices Baloo) is darker, with mang­ier, edgier an­i­mals – the mon­key colony sug­gests some kind of thrill-kill cult. In one bril­liant scene, man-cub Mowgli (Chand) hides from tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch) at the bot­tom of a pond – the tiger, fresh from a kill, washes blood from his mouth, re­leas­ing a cloud of crim­son into the wa­ter. The voice per­for­mances, in­clud­ing Cate Blanchett’s python and Chris­tian Bale’s pan­ther, are first-rate. (On Net­flix from Fri., Dec. 7)

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