Favreau and cast bring Kipling's wild tale to life
THE JUNGLE BOOK (PG)
JON Favreau never fails to amaze.
The actor-director has gone from strength to strength ever since he brought Iron Man to life on the big screen in 2008.
And now he goes to new frontiers with a photorealistic CGI capturing of Rudyard Kipling's book.
The story of orphan boy Mowgli (Neel Sethi) raised in the jungle by mama wolf Raksha (Lupita Nyong'o), black panther Bagheera (Ben King-sley) and bear Baloo (Bill Murray) is magnificently fleshed out.
The CGI is the main attraction but Favreau never once lets the emotions or story take a backseat, thanks to the great casting.
Sethi gives us childlike wonder while Kingsley and Nyong'o add gravitas and Murray brings laidback charm.
But the best voice work comes from Idris Elba, who imbues his tiger Shere Khan with much menace and majesty.
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