The Lion King (2019)


“Everything you see – exists together in a delicate balance. While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give. ” – Mufasa

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A young lion cub who is the heir to the throne of the animal kingdom is torn between his loyalty to his father the king and his uncle who is planning to usurp the throne.

My Take on it – I have always loved Disney animated movies and am a HUGE fan of the original version of this film.

I cannot for the life of me understand from a creative perspective why Disney would choose to remake all of their animated hits in live action format.

I can see their financial reasoning for it, but none of these remade films besides Dumbo (2019) has been ale to give us a different story than was present in the original animated film.

The story’s plot and premise is a great one, but it doesn’t manage to work as well with the use of CGI than it did with the animated version from 25 years ago.

I think that Disney has been wasting much time and money on these live-action remakes since they don’t manage to offer anything fresh and innovative to these stories.

They might add a few side plot points here or there or even a sing or two, but the magic of the animated stories is gone here.

The CGI is amazing to look at and both the landscapes and animals look wondrous throughout.

It was quite a bold choice to try and make this film as a live action one yet it fails to be as impactful as the previous version was.

The story is actually longer than the previous version and that has to do with the fact that they don’t feel rushed and can linger longer on certain scenes which were done much quicker 25 years ago to save time.

The problem occurs when the animals begin to talk and move around like their animated counterparts which makes things look quite awkward.

The voice cast of this film is quite good and the decision to get James Earl Jones to once again reprise his role of Mufasa was a superb one sue to the regal-ness of his voice.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that doesn’t work as well with CGI as it does with animation. The idea to make this film using live action techniques is a bold one that looks beautiful even if it isn’t able to be as impactful as the previous version was. Disney’s choice to re-make all of their animated film IMHO is a waste of time and money because none of them, save Dumbo (2019) has been able to bring us something new and fresh instead of just rehashing the previous version of the story almost frame by frame.  The CGI techniques used here are great since the animals all look so realistic however once they open their mouths to speak, the magic is quite quickly lost. Voice cast is fine and I loved the decision to bring back Jones as Mufasa.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – “Scar is, simply put, a fascinating character, and the opportunity to examine his psychology and see what makes him tick” is what interested me” Chiwetel Ejiofor said about the role and what he wanted to explore in his performance, wanting to understand who Scar is, why he feels the way he does and how that leads to him doing the things that he does. “It’s not a simple psychology because Scar isn’t a black and white villain in the way characters like Maleficent (not the live-action one) and Ursula are. He’s evil to be sure, but like many great villains, he thinks that he’s the good guy, or at least that his actions are somehow justified.” (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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One thought on “The Lion King (2019)

  1. I think I liked it better than you. Again, you answered your own questions as to why Disney is doing this – money. It worked with Jungle Book – with a single live actor surrounded by CGI animals – it did NOT work with Dumbo – it worked with Lion King – which has grossed $531ML in 10 days. And on to The Little Mermaid. Lastly – this latest iteration is not live action, nor is it a remade animated film – it is 99.9% CGI – done in computer. I disagree about all emotion lost as soon as the “animals” speak. The emotion comes from the voice cast – which was splendid across the board. The decision was made to make the animals ultra- realistic – and they are – looking like a Disney nature film from the 50s – but they were not going for expressive eyes and grinning hyenas they went for ultra realistic animals (mission accomplished) and emotional voice work. It could be a bit shorter – but as a technical achievement – it is mind blowing.

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