| Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
The famous man-cub hangs with a tough crowd
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.