As much as the cast and crew of Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle excited me before I watched the film, the feeling it left me with after was that of disenchantment. As someone who has grown up in India reading Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of friendship and belonging, I simply loved Disney’s 2016 live-action version of the Jungle Book. It had all the right ingredients to qualify as one of the best adaptations of Mowgli’s story, including great visual effects that made the jungle come alive on the big screen. Netflix and Warner Bros’ Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle fails on all those accounts. I am not sure if a darker retelling of the story was the right treatment for the film which sees Mowgli, shunned by the jungle, return to a white man’s version of an Indian village. There is no playfulness in Director Andy Serkis’ version of Mowgli and that seems to have made this film drab and not a very family-friendly. The almost brutal treatment Mowgli gets in the film when he is kidnapped by a group of monkeys is hard to watch as an adult so one can’t imagine this would make kids feel very comfortable.
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