It’s hard to believe that this live-action version of Kipling’s stories was filmed entirely inside a studio. Mowgli (nicely played by Neel Sethi) is the only non-virtual entity – every other creature, leaf and location comes straight out of a computer.
It’s darker than Disney’s 1967 cartoon, with monstrous tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba) out to kill the man-cub brought up by wolves, and Mowgli finding help in the shape of laconic bear Baloo (Bill Murray).
One of the best scenes, however, is the showdown with King Louie (Christopher Walken), a near King Kong-sized ape in this version. A big, beautiful blast of a film.