The Lion King (2019)

CD
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
0   1   0   0   0
thBBRSPDWA

Overview

Directed By
Written By
Official Synopsis
Disney’s “The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”), journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Genre
Release Date
07/19/2019
MPAA Rating
PG

Simba is destined to take up the mantle as king of Pride Rock when his father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones), is no longer up to the task.  However, his Uncle, Scar (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), has some tricks up his sleeves.  Will Simba overcome the evil plot of his Uncle to reclaim his rightful place on the throne?

As expected, Disney successfully pulled off the remake of this animated classic.  The master class is coming out for two major reasons.  The first of the two reasons is to make The Lion King an avenue for Disney to show off its excellent visual and technological gimmicks, serving us picture-perfect animals with 100% conviction.  Secondly, Disney wanted to improve on Director Jon Favreau’s exploits in 2016’s The Jungle Book by serving us a voice-cast of impeccable quality.  However, these are not enough to dethrone The Jungle Book as the all-time best.

Calling this a “live-action” would not entirely be  inaccurate.  Let me preface this by saying I truly did love the film.  The visual effects coming from the ever-brilliant London offices of the MPC wizards.   Disney gave us a near-life experience and realistic effects in every category that most of us looked forward to hearing.  Even the slightest detail was captured transforming us to what we swear should be the site of an actual African safari.  As you would expect, James Earl Jones did a perfect job in voicing Mufasa, even though Disney did all they could to make this obscure.  Simba, the son of Mufasa, remains cute and clumsy, as we saw at the beginning.

Despite the beautiful craft and design, this photo-realism comes with a major issue; the faces of the animals lack emotional expression, and the mouths are not crafted for words. The expression is clearly lacking, although the realism complements for this. For instance, you can see the jarring clearly once the cats speak or whenever they start singing. You will naturally want to compare how well they fare with the heroics of their 2D predecessors, and when you do, you will agree that the older characters did well with the animation.

However, it is worth saying that Chiwetel Ejiofor and John Oliver performed brilliantly enough to cover the emotional gap with their talented voice casting. The former successfully represented Scar with a bitter but seductive voice, while the latter conjured up a storm just like the grumpy Zazu. However, things dramatically improved when Pumba and Timon (voice by Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner) arrived on the scene bringing new life to the atmosphere.

Obviously, Favreau is the source of the inspiration, forcing them to bring their A-game to the Shakespearean drama of Pride Rock, especially the humor and energy.  We also saw a commendable transformation of a stately big-cat stalk to a full stampede, although this lasted until Nala (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter), Simba’s old friend, shows up to refrain him and protect the pride from the evil clutches of Uncle Scar.

The beautiful setting and impressions were carefully executed.  Oh! Let’s not forget the great new songs that added more time and made the movie more Oscar-worthy.  However, these same songs, whenever they come on, seem to just be there to delay the return of the lost prince by a few minutes more.

Editor review

1 reviews

Entertaining, But Lacking Heart
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Entertainment Value 
 
3.0
Story/Writing 
 
3.0
Performance (Acting) 
 
3.0
Direction 
 
3.0
Production 
 
3.0
Expect to be entertained and be swept up in the nostalgia of it all, but do not expect it to be quite the same as the original. The film was chalk full of name talent who did a fantastic job. However, realism overriding being able to display character emotions on screen means we will not get the unique brilliance we once saw in the original film.
CD
Top 50 Reviewer 7 reviews
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful to you? 0 0

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.