While the beloved 1967 Disney fairy tale probably has a special place in most people’s hearts, few would have guessed that it would be re-imagined as a much darker “live–action” adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s books. Apart from being an extraordinary achievement in film-making, Iron Man director Jon Favreau has necessitated this “remake” by virtue of its more impactful adaptation. The original Disney classic gets tribute as various scenes echo in this version, however it’s much more immediate and dangerous.
It holds the same enjoyment and entertainment factor, despite playing down the musical and comedy aspects, yet managing to get much more from its audience in terms of suspense and sheer wonder. It may not have the emotional resonance you’d expect from such a coming-of-age fable, but as a spectacle it’s a marvel and will stay with you for days.
This brooding live-action Disney fantasy adventure is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.