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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