Directed by Jon Favreau
Starring Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles, James Earl Jones.
In all honesty I was hesitant to see this new version of the classic animated film The Lion King, since it was all CGI I did not see the point. But it is good way for new generations to see these stories besides the animated versions, with the new technology they might be more appealing. The Lion King is one of the most beloved Disney animated movies, so I went to see the film with the same understanding I go to the others, it is an updated version, hopefully, of the animated movie.
The story follows Simba as he is born and presented as the future King. Mufasa is the king and he has a brother named Scar who wants to be king. Scar makes a plot to kill Mufasa and also get rid of Simba to be the rightful king and finally rule. When Simba survives he finds new friends and learns new ways until Nala, a childhood friend, finds him and tells him the they need him to challenge Scar and become king.
I found the film very entertaining, but I wonder how people that saw the animated film react to this version. Whether it added something to the story that made it worth to be made again. Because I like this “live” versions of the movies because they add to the story, but if it is a take by tak remake in a movie like the Lion King I felt it would not be necessary since the only way it can be done is to be completely CGI. In my case, I either forgot the whole movie or never saw the original, even though I do know the songs. Maybe based on that, I loved the film. But like I said, I can’t say if it is better than an animated film.
Visually the film looked amazing, it had a feel of a CGI film and a Planet Earth documentary, but the film looked great. The fighting scenes were intense and Scar has to be one of the best villains in Disney films, his art of deception and evil heart made him a great villain. The characters of Pumbaa and Timon made the film for me, they were really funny characters and well voiced by Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner. James Earl Jones played Mufasa in the animated film and e reprised his role for this one.
I was surprised to learn that Jon Favreau directed the film, he is known as Tony Stark’s friend in the Iron Man films and he directed the first Iron Man. I think he did a good job with the story.
One thing I did not like was that they changed the lyrics to Can you feel the love tonight, I liked the original lyrics more, sure they made it more for a laugh because it was sung by Pumbaa and Timon, and I did laugh don’t get me wrong, but that song had beautiful lyrics and they lost that by using it in another direction.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Raf9bVk75s8&t=41s