“The Jungle Book (2016)” is an amazing adventure. The film is loaded with talking animals that are vicious and funny and a young, courageous boy named Mowgli (Neel Sethi). The voice talent includes Bill Murray as the comedic bear, Baloo; Idris Elba as Shere Khan, the evil tiger; and Scarlett Johansson as the sly snake, Kaa. Mowgli is friends with the wolves, and their motto is, “The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.” But Shere Khan doesn’t like them and especially wants to take out the “man cub,” Mowgli. With Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and others like Baloo helping him, Mowgli has a real chance to survive and defeat Shere Khan.
The movie features terrific jungle scenes, action, and funny moments, not to mention a couple of songs (Remember “Bare Necessities?”). Due to a few scary moments from the predator animals (although not gratuitous), not to mention a few jump scenes, we are awarding the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus.