| Mowgli: Leg­end of the Jun­gle

The famous man-cub hangs with a tough crowd

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DRAMA 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, is darker, with mang­ier, edgier an­i­mals—the mon­keys’ colony sug­gests some kind of thrill-kill cult. In one bril­liant scene man-cub Mowgli (Ro­han Chand) hides from tiger Shere Khan (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. (Launches Dec. 7)

Chand is Mowgli, with voices pro­vided by Cum­ber­batch, Blanchett and Bale.

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