A wonderfully immersive experience, this film version of Rudyard Kipling’s books is a beguiling mix of jungle adventure and coming of age story. Drawing its inspiration from the Disney animated classic, while remaining loyal to the gravitas of Kipling’s stories, director Jon Favreau brings non-stop thrilling action as the film plays out as a series of colourful adventures, with a different wild animal featuring in each. Each animal establishes a relationship of sorts with Mowgli, the young native orphan boy – nurturing, manipulating, playful and aggressive. With its lush tropical jungle settings and state of the art CG animation to bring the animals to life, the film breezes along with great energy and style. Yes, the animals talk – thanks to a great voice cast and painstakingly terrific effects.