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Honest Lion King Review

Hello everyone! I decided to wait a week (more or less) before publishing this review. Usually I get right to it and publish reviews next day, but I decided to wait for this one. I wanted to give people who were really excited for the Lion King remake the chance to see it before I crushed their hopes and dreams.

I will be honest: Lion King wasn’t my favorite Disney movie to begin with. But I went to see this anyways because I wanted to give it a chance. I told myself “if they can make the Junglebook good, then this will be good too!”

Oh, how wrong I was.

Before proceeding, read my spoiler warning here and proceed with caution.

I want to make this clear quickly: I didn’t hate it. It wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen. But I was expecting better. As I said above, I was comparing it to the Junglebook – which I thought was really good.

A lot of people were worried of how they would convey emotion into animals. I wasn’t one of those people – once more, comparing it to the Junglebook which I feel did that fantastically. However, the Lion King fell short for me.

I understand how difficult it must have been to animate every animal that realistically with the small level of emotion they were able to show. I know there were going to be differences between the animated version and the live-action in terms of characters showing emotion. But it felt like they decided to put in the minimal amount of effort in with that. “Oh we put all this work into making the characters look real – no one will notice that they don’t show 0 emotion at all!”

I noticed and that is my biggest issue with the movie. Disney could have done better.

First reviews of it were that it was frame-by-frame a replica of the animated original. And for the most part, it actually was. Which is good because they stuck to the original by the book.

However, with that being said…. they neglected ‘Be Prepared‘. A lot of people feel the same way, mainly one of my best friends who told me that I’m being too nice on the movie by giving it a B rating.

Beyonce’s performance was also sub-par. That’s all I’m gonna say about that. Stick to singing, girl.

However, the thing that I did enjoy the MOST was Timone and Pumba. They were the best part of the whole movie and even broke the fourth wall a few times. Seth Rogen was absolutely perfect as Pumba. Honestly, I don’t understand how Disney spent so much time making sure Timone and Pumba were perfect but yet they didn’t do it for everyone else in the whole movie.

All in all, I did enjoy that they kept it so close to the original. However, I felt that everything else was lacking a lot and it could have been better than what it was.


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8 Comments

  • Reply Emily

    While it’s nice that remakes that come out make it close to the original, I honestly it gets boring after a while and if there are some changes implemented that I like, I’m okay with it. Like Aladdin for instance it was still the same story but with Jasmine having her own song and a handmaid, and Jafar being a lot more serious of a villain. I haven’t seen this one yet and I don’t want to let anything throw me off because I try to keep an open mind, even if something is missing.

    July 26, 2019 at 9:30 am
    • Reply Alyssa | Nerd Side of Life

      This one could have done a lot to make it better.

      July 26, 2019 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Bizarre Brunette

    I didn’t really want to see Mufasa’s death again, so I stayed away.

    July 26, 2019 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply Alyssa | Nerd Side of Life

      Oh it wasn’t even worth it. Trust me.

      July 26, 2019 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Sally

    I actually really enjoyed it, much more than I thought I would! Of course it’s not as good as the original but I thought it was visually stunning and nostalgic. How strange our opinions are so different.mI thought jungle book was awful because the animals physically talked so much and were creepy looking because of it. As they scaled it back for lion king with less unnatural expressions I thought it was much better. I felt they did still show emotion, just it was more subtle, round the eyes and mouths in a natural animal kind of way. I agree that Be Prepared was a bit of a let down. But Timon and Pumbaa made up for it as they were so brilliant! I think they were actually better than original Timon and Pumbaa.

    August 6, 2019 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    I actually haven’t seen this yet but you just confirmed what I was worried about when I seen the trailer. The trailer showed the lack of emotion was what I was worried about. I loved Lion King growing up, and I love the live actions that Disney has done, but I think not all of the movies like this one need a live action done of it.

    August 14, 2019 at 6:39 pm
    • Reply Alyssa | Nerd Side of Life

      It was visually stunning (the animation was spectacular and the scenery was beautiful) but other than that it was just….. not it.

      August 14, 2019 at 6:59 pm

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