Movie Review: The Lion King

Disney_The_Lion_King_2019CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TOOOONIGHT? Well, can you? My husband could certainly hear it last night when I was walking around the house butchering this song in both Polish and English after I got home from the cinema, where I watched the new version of “The Lion King” with #englishrosiee. How was it? Read on to find out!

Nothing major changes when it comes to the storyline. Mufasa is the king of everything. Simba is his son so he’s deemed to become the king of everything once he grows up. He’s also expected to marry the only other lioness his age, Nala, which is pretty much the case of anย arranged marriage.
The plan seems perfect but the royals seem to have forgotten that Mufasa has a treacherous brother Scar, who can’t get over the fact that it’s Mufasa and not him ruling…

Let me not beat around the bush and say that the live-action version of “The Lion King” felt like an improvement when compared to the original movie. The creators polished some dialogues, scenes and made the movie funnier.
I also think that the characters were a tad more relatable in this re-enactment because this time round the animals on screen looked more like real-life creatures. I don’t remember being quite as taken with the looks of young Simba and Nala as a kid, for instance. Yesterday my heart was literally melting when I was looking at the lion cubs.
Visually it’s a real feats and I was very impressed by how realistic the animals looked. I’m sure their movements were a result of hours and hours of copying how actual lions and other animals move.

What about the singing? Nala was dubbed by Beyoncรฉ and we know she has a pretty cool voice. Donald Glover (do watch “Altanta”, if you haven’t yet) as Simba is perhaps more of a vocal surprise.
Their rendition of “The Circle of Life” is spotless but some people would complain that there’s no point in redoing perfection. I don’t have an opinion about their version being worse or better to that recorded by Elton John (and even he’s a disappointment to his parents as we learn from “Rocketman“). This song is just not my vibe altogether, I’m a bit allergic to ballads and they remind me of lame people from my youth playing guitars and singing by the fire.
I did enjoy the new versions of the “fun” songs, though such as “Hakuna Matata” or “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”. I can’t say whether I liked them more than the ones in the 1994 version, which brings me to my next point…

…of there not really being a point in this movie. I had fun, sure, I laughed a bit more than when watching the movie back in the days. I can’t, however, understand the obsession with reboots, remakes, prequels and sequels. Sure, the producers know that the new version will make money and they can pretend it’s all so that the new generation can be introduced to this movie’s magic.
Nevertheless, I can’t help but think that it’s kind of cheap and unnecessary to do the same thing over and over again. I’d rather see a new Disney movie dealing with modern issues than another version of “The Lion King”, which actually is just a version of “Hamlet”, anyway…
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been much less entertained if I had watched the 1994 one again. Also, if even Disney is playing it safe these days what does it mean for people with new ideas who are not yet established artists? I’ll leave you with this question to ponder on.ย 

I know I don’t need to encourage you to go see this movie so do so if you’re curious. You’ll just see more of the same.

Have you seen the new version of “The Lion King” yet? Are you keen to watch it? What do you think about remakes and reboots in general?

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9 comments

  1. I loved it. It was truly magical. OMG now I’m lion broody (even though I hate actual cats) as well as puppy broody!

    I know you weren’t impressed with the Jungle Book remake (I didn’t watch because I wasn’t all that enchanted by the original in the first place) but I loved the remakes of both Lion Kind and Beauty and the Beast.

    I also think what the makers of Mary Poppins did was really cool. Instead of doing a remake, they did a continuation of sorts….where everyone had aged except Mary Poppins herself. There were lots of parallels from the original which was nice for the people that watched it as kids but a completely new story line. Some people said they butchered it, but I thought it was a happy medium.

    Maybe it is because I’m no longer a child but I haven’t been all that impressed with the modern day Disney releases – Frozen was OK-ish but nothing compares to old school Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and the Little Mermaid. I always witter on about how Disney gave us the wrong perspectives on Prince Charmings and fish sidekicks, etc but there is something nice about the classics.

    I don’t think everything needs to be soooo politically charged. Disney is sometimes just provides a nice escape to a better world where Tinder doesn’t exist, men know how to make moves and lion cubs can talk.

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    • I thought it was magical but I also thought it was almost exactly the same as the previous version.

      I think what I don’t like about remakes is that it’s more of the same. Still, a lot of people like it and it’s a safe bet so we’re unlikely to see an increase in stuff that’s just new anytime soon.

      I’ve never watched Mary Poppins. I didn’t now the story as a child so I doubt it’d enchant me?

      I liked Frozen and I remember liking Mulan. Tangled was cool too. There was something nice about the classics but the classics were made almost 30 years ago and I don’t feel they’re relevant. I can even forgive people lying to children about Santa Claus because it won’t cause them much more than a bit of disappointment but Disney’s presentation of love and female characters is just evil at times. There’s nothing wrong with fantasy but you can tell more realistic stories with your characters.
      To be honest “The Lion King” is a cute movie but what does it actually teach children? That you must follow the tradition no matter what because it’s the Tradition? That parents can choose you a partner? That things are meant to be, there’s fate and no way to escape it?
      I think children wouldn’t get such a shock when growing up if the movies we feed them were a tad smarter.

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      • There are lots of legit lessons in The Lion King, depends how you look at it.

        It can also teach kids not to be hyenas and eat everything in sight for the sake of it otherwise the world will turn into shit, considering the world’s obesity epidemic that is not such a a thing!

        It also shows them there are some real d*cks in every family. It’s not like most famillies don’t have their own version of Uncle Scar – Maybe a pervert of some sort? the one who tries to swindle gran’s inheritance!

        And then again, maybe it doesn’t have to have some deep educational meaning. Maybe kids should be kids and just sing nice songs and imagine a better world where little lion cubs can be friends with warthogs and meerkats. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I mean if anyone who has chosen to raise a child in the era of TRUMP and BOJO DUDE, you owe the brats the chance to dream a little!

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      • Well, if Scar is there to teach us something that maybe to remember not to be a wuss like Mufasa towards the black sheep ๐Ÿ˜€

        Kids are learning all the time, which is why it’s important what we put in their heads. These animals are on purpose like humans – to tell a story. I don’t have a problem with lions chatting or animals who are more likely to eat one another being friends ๐Ÿ˜‰ In fact, one of my favourite Disney movies was Toy Story, which I think teaches kids a lot of important stuff. I’m not anti Harry Potter either (some people criticise it because what if a child will try to fly and die?), on the contrary as it has lots of valuable messages.

        Seeing my sister grow up was in a way horrifying because she often thought what she saw on the screen is to be repeated in real life or actually real. Similarly, she would mimic stuff she saw in her own home and to me it was terrifying to see her making the woman in The Sims ALWAYS make food for everyone because as she’s explained to me it’s “a woman’s job”. Kids are like sponges.

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      • I know a kid who climbed onto a roof because he thought he was spiderman when he put on a spiderman suit ๐Ÿ˜›

        I also told my mum she shouldn’t learn to drive because it was a man’s job to drive us around ๐Ÿ˜› I still stand by that though. I only drive because I have to, if there were men capable of driving me around I wouldn’t complain (my exes driving history : include no licences, fake licences, crashed cars for drink driving, crashed cars for falling asleep while driving and being imprisoned overnight in a township prison for driving under the influence). I’m not advocating we do things the Saudi Arabian way …. but responsible, capable, undrunk male drivers wouldn’t be a bad thing as such!

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      • Oh my? Was he okay? I was smarter than that only because I read a book about Madicken (Astrid Lindgren’s character) and she jumped off the roof with an umbrella and hurt herself badly.

        So I wouldn’t mind being rich enough to have a chauffeur but I love the independence that comes with driving and I hate being reliable on people, including men!

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  2. He survived….because the found him before he decided to jump|!

    My parents never let me live it down when I turned 17 and I wanted to start learning to drive on my bday. They were all like I thought women are supposed to drive. Still, I’m not going to lie – I enjoy having a guy drive me around so I can kick back and play DJ. I don’t like relying on them, but I roll my eyes when it seems like they’ll be relying on me! Hypocritical I know, but I think I’ve been indoctrinated.

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