Release date: 15 April 2016
Running time: 105 min
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o.
The latest in a slew of re-imagined Disney classics, The Jungle Book has a bigger weight of expectation than Maleficent or Cinderella. Favreau has cannily decided to keep some of the elements that made the 1967 interpretation so memorable, including the songs, but has taken a U-turn in terms of atmosphere to give the jungle a more sinister edge. It would be easy to lump this is in with the whole ‘darker, grittier’ mantra which has dominated many more recent remakes, but to do so here would be a disservice to what is a quite remarkable piece of filmmaking.