The Jungle Book (2016)

Jon Favreau is a magician who weaves a tale which is rich beyond measure! He achieves aesthetic brilliance and sensory perfection with the characters that are so beloved in India and all over the world.

The story of Mowgli and his friends is told with convincing reality, so much so that it enthrals children and adults alike. The talented voices of Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o are perfect, creating feelings of tension, fear, security, adventure, trance, belonging and freedom!

Young actor Neel Sethi makes a confident debut amongst the live action / CGI reimagining, which leaves you spell bound. It is as real as it can be, capturing the grace of the animal world, where their love is equal, if not more, than what humans have for their families and friends.

A tale told with precision and dedication, it is a treat for all our senses!

4/5

Zootopia (2016)

‘Try Everything’ is still playing in my head while I write this. Even if you take away that much from the film, it’s worth it. The evolution of animation is evident in the minute detailing and multitude of colours which have been wonderfully crafted in this film.

Anthropomorphic animals give us an insight into highly relevant messages which are metaphorical with sound impact. New recruit rabbit Judy Hopps needs the help of a shifty fox Nick Wilde to solve a case. Enter politics, gender bias, glass ceiling, size, race, diet prejudice and voila! You have the modern messy world!

A host of talented voices (including Shakira) entertain us while we enjoy the vivid landscapes that exist in Zootopia, a kind of ‘utopia for mammals’. While their main concern is that predators don’t turn savage, we humans share the same problem.

Drawing parallels with the current state of society, this layered film delivers multiple messages and a heart warming friendship.

3.5/5