By SAMUEL GRAYDON
Taken by a sense of childhood nostalgia as I passed the Picturehouse in Greenwich, I went recently to see Jon Favreau’s “live-action” remake of Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book.
I slightly regretted this unusual spontaneity as I sat through half an hour of children’s adverts surrounded by couples and families. But, as the lights dimmed and I donned my 3D glasses, it hardly mattered. Even as the Disney logo disappeared behind jungle foliage, I was gripped. Not because of the fast-paced action sequence that begins the film, or even because of Ben Kingsley’s distinguished narration as Bagheera, but, to my surprise, because of the CGI animation.
Even if the film had been disappointing in all other aspects, I still would have come away impressed. The landscape simply looked real. Fantastical, but real. Had I not known beforehand that it was shot almost entirely against a green screen, I would not have believed that it wasn’t shot on location. Favreau has referred to the graphic technicians on the film as artists, and it would seem foolish to call them anything else.