CAN 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 an 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 Beyoncé 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.
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?