India, Dec. 7 -- Legend of the JungleDirector - Andy SerkisCast - Rohan Chand, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Cate Blanchett, Matthew RhysRating - 4/5

By giving Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle the appearance of something more mainstream, director Andy Serkis has disguised the most important achievements of his own film, and inadvertently distracted us from fully appreciating it. The danger is that most of the conversation about the movie will be restricted to its visual razzle-dazzle and its state-of-the-art motion capture effects - and not about its weighty themes.

Unlike, say, Avatar - a film with which it shares many similarities; technical and thematic - Serkis' Mowgli is primarily about Rudyard Kiplin...