The Jungle Book (2016)

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Fangs and fur fly in visually dazzling but intense update.

PG 2016 105 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 103 reviews

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age 4+

Action packed family favorite

My family loved this movie. It is not your average, feel good Disney movie. There is action for pretty much the entire movie. There are realistic animals in a realistic jungle. Therefore, there will be fighting and violence. It comes with the territory, and it’s what I told my kids. There were deaths in the movie. They weren’t gory. There were a few scenes that jumped out. That startled the kids, but they were fine. The movie was a little loud for them, so I had to turn the volume down to not scare the little kids. This movie was nothing like the cartoon, but my suggestion is to go into it with an open mind. I think when people go into these remakes expecting the old movie, they get disappointed when it’s not like the old cartoon. Go into it like you would a brand new movie. We really enjoyed it. There was nothing in this movie I was upset about my kids seeing- no sex, no adult humor, no inappropriate words. The only negative thing was my little one was scared of the orangutan, King Louie. Other than that, we loved this movie and will probably purchase it.

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age 10+

Not much fun - not sure why they bothered?

Not sure if it wants to be a Kipling version or a Disney version, it fails at both. I felt this movie was marketed as a real-life remake of the beloved DIsney version - but it sure isn't. There is little of the fun and charm and younger viewers will find the violence too intense. It's not bad, and there is certainly amazing visuals. Older kids might find it exciting but my kids just felt it was a 'meh' - I'd rather re-watch the Disney version anytime.

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