Disney is continuing its trend of remaking your childhood favorites as live action films, which means that — for some reason — there is a new “The Jungle Book” out in theaters.
This modernized version might offer two interesting hours of CGI-laden escapism, but more than anything it provides a good excuse to skip the cinema and revisit the classics.
That’s right, feel free to get a little nostalgic. Plop down on the sofa with your kids and re-watch the 1967 animated version of “The Jungle Book.”
Or, even better, spend an hour reading (or re-reading) Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 story collection. Revisit the one that first introduced the world to Mowgli and coined the maxim “the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.”
There is nothing inherently wrong with updating old tales. That said, the very existence of the update provides reason to remember what made the story so great in the first place.