Although Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a Warner Bros film, I felt it needed reviewing against Disney’s The Jungle Book considering they are based off the same books.
A lot of people have questioned whether there should have been another adaptation so soon after the 2016 version, however, this is a very different tale of Mowgli (played by Rohan Chand) and the jungle animals. As this film is rated 12 by Netflix, you can imagine the film takes a much more sinister route: no singing, no dancing, just story.
In Disney’s 2016 remake, the animals are shown as very photo-realistic, however, this film makes them seem almost human-like. This must have made voice-acting a lot more challenging as they have to portray the animal’s expression and affection, despite their seemingly less caring statute towards Mowgli.
We know the story of The Jungle Book so we won’t go into too much detail with that, but this film is centred around Mowgli’s relationship with both wolf and man and his instincts towards both. IMDb describes it as “A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.” As Mowgli learns that he is different from the other wolves, he begins to question himself more and more, until he ends up in the ‘man-village’.
You’d be lying if you said you didn’t tear up a little bit during his time in the man-village. He slowly begins to find belonging with the humans, but also still has his jungle-like tendencies and still feels as though he doesn’t quite fit in anywhere. Bagheera (voiced by Christian Bale) tells Mowgli that he will soon come to like the people, as he did himself in the past.
However, Mowgli soon returns to the jungle after a shock at the man-village pushed him to get his revenge on both Shere Khan (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and the man who took him in. The wolves who raised him were reluctant at first, but when they saw Mowgli in trouble, they knew they had to step in.
Although all three films hold the same storyline to the Rudyard Kipling book, they all portray each character and plot a lot differently. Legend of the Jungle obviously compares Mowgli’s wilder jungle experience with his village experience. The other two films were aimed more at children, however, I do feel that younger children would prefer the original 1967 film as the 2016 version sticks to the original story a lot more, and the more realistic characters sometimes might be a bit scary for them.