25 April 2016

The Jungle Book

Director : Jon Favreau
Genre : Action, Adventure, Family
Release Date : April 15th, 2016
Running Time : 1 hour and 51 minutes
Casts :
  • Neel Sethi as Mowgli
  • Bill Murray as Baloo 
  • Ben Kingsley as Bagheera 
  • Idris Elba as Shere Khan 
  • Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha 
  • Scarlett Johansson as Kaa 
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Akela 
  • Christopher Walken as King Louie 
  • Garry Shandling as Ikki 
  • Brighton Rose as Gray  

Mowgli is a "man cub" raised by the Indian wolf Raksha and her pack, led by Akela, ever since he was brought to them as a baby by the black panther Bagheera. Bagheera trains Mowgli to learn the ways of the wolves, but the boy faces certain challenges and falls behind his wolf siblings, and Akela berates him for using human tricks like building tools instead of learning the ways of the pack.

One day, during the dry season, the jungle animals gather to drink water that remains as part of a truce called during a drought that enables the jungle's wildlife to drink without fear of being eaten by larger, more predatory beasts. The truce is disrupted, however, when a scarred Bengal tiger, Shere Khan, arrives, detecting Mowgli's scent in the crowd. Vindictive against man for scarring him, he issues a warning that he will kill Mowgli at the end of the drought. As the wolf pack debates whether they should keep Mowgli or not, Mowgli voluntarily decides to leave the jungle for the safety of his pack. Bagheera agrees with the decision and volunteers to guide him to the nearby man village.

En route, Shere Khan ambushes them and injures Bagheera, but Mowgli manages to escape. Later, Mowgli meets Kaa, an enormous Indian python, who hypnotizes him. While under Kaa's hypnosis, Mowgli sees a vision of his father being mauled while protecting him from Shere Khan. The vision also warns of the destructive power of the "red flower". Kaa then attempts to devour Mowgli, but he is rescued by a sloth bear named Baloo. Together, they form a close bond after realizing their teamwork allows them to get things easily, and Mowgli agrees to stay with Baloo until the winter season arrives. Meanwhile, Shere Khan confronts the wolf pack, but upon learning Mowgli has left the jungle, he kills Akela and takes over the hills to lure Mowgli out.

After learning from Bagheera that Shere Khan is hunting for Mowgli, Baloo realizes he cannot guarantee Mowgli's safety and agrees to push Mowgli away in an effort to get him to continue onward to the man village. However, Mowgli is kidnapped by monkeys, who present him to their ruler, King Louie, a Gigantopithecus, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret of the red flower, which he and his minions plan to use to dominate the jungle. Baloo and Bagheera arrive to rescue Mowgli, resulting in King Louie chasing Mowgli through the temple. During the chase, Louie informs Mowgli of Akela's death. His rampage eventually causes his temple to crumble on top of him. Furious that Baloo and Bagheera never told him about Akela's death, Mowgli decides to return to confront Shere Khan.

Finding the man village, Mowgli steals a lit torch to use as a weapon and heads back to the jungle, accidentally starting a wildfire in the process. He confronts Shere Khan, who points out that Mowgli has made himself the enemy of the jungle by causing the wildfire. Mowgli throws the torch into the water, giving Shere Khan the advantage. Baloo, Bagheera, and the wolf pack intervene and hold Shere Khan off, giving Mowgli enough time to set a trap in the burning jungle. He lures Shere Khan up a tree and onto a branch, which breaks under the tiger's weight, and the tiger falls to his death into the fire below.

After the wildfire is extinguished, Raksha becomes the new alpha of the wolf pack. Mowgli decides to utilize his equipment and tricks for his own use, having found his true home and calling with his wolf family, Baloo, and Bagheera.

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