I’m back with another review. This time I review the “live action” remake of the Disney animate classic( and one of my personal favorites) The Lion King. I will share the good and the bad and my thoughts in between. WARING MAY CONTAIN SPOLIERS(Granted it’s a remake of a 25 year old movie) so without further ado Let’s get this started..............
The one major positive with this film is it’s absolutely gorgeous! The animation is spot on and yes I said animation because it’s a cgi animated film made to look live action and that’s where they excelled. Everything including the scenery was fun and beautiful too look at. The animals looked great and moved realistic you could tell the filmmakers did their homework which is something Disney has been known for!
Next is the music and sound . This was a mix bag. These songs are iconic and with the exception of one (we will get to that very soon) are included along with New song Spirit and He lives in you which was from the broadway play and the lion king 2 direct to video sequel of the animated original and for the most part sound great. I was disappointed that Be Prepared was shortened and impact was muted as it was my favorite from the original yet some songs and scenes I felt were extended. This film ran 30 mins longer than the original so I am wondering if they shorten it due to the perceived Nazi like imagery that is illegal in Germany in the original sequence accompanying the song Be prepared.
The voice cast was a mix bag as talented as everyone was some tried their best sound like the original and not bring anything really new to the experience. Everything just felt rather muted!(common feeling I had with this movie in general) no one stood out as doing a bad job but I just felt like it was just there. James Earl Jones performance felt off to me sometimes it was good but there was a couple of moments it felt phoned in. John Oliver as Zazu was not as good as Rowan Atkinson’s Zazu But Beyoncé was good as Adult Nala. Seth Rogen as Puma overshadowed Billy Eichner’s Timon(who had a great singing voice) unlike Nathan Lane’s Timon and Donald Glover didn’t stand out and adult Simba.
Other critics have said this was a shot for shot remake of the original but it actually isn’t. There is a few changes to scenes most notably during the middle and final act. This by far wasn’t a bad movie but it more felt as a HD remake that couldn’t get the original cast. It won’t be as fondly remembered as the original and kinda of reminded me of a stage group of doing a great rendition of a broadway play it hit the beats but wasn’t as good as the original. So next for next time...........