Movie Review: The Lion King (2019)

Jon Favreau directs this film, and it stars Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and James Earl Jones.

This film is the remake of the 1994 animation film. Follows Simba and his journey in becoming king.

Moment of truth! Drum rolls 🥁 This film is ok. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. This film certainly lacks the magic of the original movie. The visuals are breathtaking, and the animals’ appearance is realistic that their lack of facial expressions took me out of the film. These animals didn’t transmit anything to me. This movie is the exact shot for shot as the original movie, with some additional scenes. The opening of this film is iconic and watching it with this technology on the big screen moved me. I had a tear after that opening scene as I was overwhelmed with nostalgia. I was one of those kids who grew up with this film, and it’s been in my life (this film came out when I was six years old) for most of it. Sadly after that opening scene, I was taken out of the film. What brought me back into the film was Timon and Pumbaa. They stole this film, and I wouldn’t mind seeing a spinoff movie with them. When Hakuna Matata was playing, I had the biggest smile on my face (it’s my favorite song of the film). I’d heard that the song “Be Prepared” wouldn’t be part of this movie, but when it somewhat made an appearance, I was surprised but mostly disappointed. Perhaps I was expecting more from this song, but I do understand why they didn’t do it exactly like the original as it wouldn’t have been believable. I had the same reaction with the “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” song. I’m lukewarm on the new song from Beyonce in this movie, and I didn’t mind the additional scenes. The voice acting was decent, and of course, I loved what Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner brought to Timon and Pumbaa. There is a slightly additional scene (mainly replaced) where Timon and Pumbaa sing a different song while they help Simba claim his throne and I loved it!!!! I thought it was a brilliant move for this movie. The color palette in this movie didn’t work for me. Although it added to the realism for this movie, it also took away from the emotional aspect. Since the colors aren’t as bright as the original film (understandably so as I wouldn’t have believed it either), it takes away from differentiating which lion is which. Some scenes take place in a cave or an area where it’s darker, and the shadows are too overwhelming. It’s impossible not to compare this film to the original movie and frankly I prefer the first film over this one. After further analyzing this film, I think I would recommend seeing this film.

I give this film a 7.5 out of 10

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