The Lion King - Movie Review


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  • Michael Whitney
    Michael Whitney  15 hours back

    I seem to be one of the few people who enjoyed this remake nearly as much as I did the original. I'm also not a big fan of the Jungle Book remake but I think that's because I find somethings in it cringy. Of course all these remakes are cash grabs there's no other reason for it, that or they're too lazy to come up with something new. Fact of the matter is they have a list of animated films they know did well or not and they know damn well that people are going to watch it no matter what just to see what it's like if nothing else.

    I liked the little bits they added like Timon's "be our guest" bit and quite enjoyed the extended "the lion sleeps tonight song". Agree though that performances in terms of expression wasn't as good as the original and this is just something that is a trade off depending on what you want to achieve. I feel though that no matter what approach they took they'd be slated for it. Let's say they did a Jungle Book like remake and changed the story a fair bit really making it their own. Then you get people saying it's nothing like the original bit like what happened with Dumbo. Then let's say they did more facial expressions and mouth movements, then you get people slating that the facial expressions wouldn't really happen though they still could have done more with the expressions of animals in other ways such as more body language.

    I also wonder if people don't feel the emotion as much because they all ready know what happens and what to expect and maybe we're a bit biased towards it because we've already seen the original which we all love. But what if they had come out with the remake as the original in 1994, would the reviews be the same not having something to compare it to?

    • paaandub M
      paaandub M  2 days back

      That's why I start watching foreign movies.. They original..

      • Cyrus The Great
        Cyrus The Great  3 days back

        I actually forgot about this movie's existed.

        • wrigh2uk
          wrigh2uk  3 days back

          I’m happy I didn’t pay to see this. Looks amazing but souless. Even the Aladdin remake had more originality than this.

          • Addy Eckstrom
            Addy Eckstrom  7 days back

            AGREED 💯

            • rsfarris86
              rsfarris86  7 days back

              They made a huge mistake by not adding facial emotion and expressions to the characters. I’m not saying they had to be huge and overly expressive, but they needed a hint of something. Relying on the voices to indicate the emotions wasn’t enough.

              • RaY mACz
                RaY mACz  1 weeks back

                The big difference between animated & photorealistic movies is the facial expression. That's why... =)

                • Attractionlist O
                  Attractionlist O  1 weeks back

                  Is it ok I kinda like this movie well that is because the 1994 version is my favorite Disney movie

                • Eric Alviter
                  Eric Alviter  2 weeks back

                  T.V commercial narrator: HEAR WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LION KING!

                  "The Lion King(2019) was......The Lion King."-Chris Stuckmann

                  • Siry Galarza
                    Siry Galarza  2 weeks back

                    Damn, just watched this movie and your review was spot on. So disappointing seeing how they shot this film

                    • dkyelak
                      dkyelak  2 weeks back

                      WHY? It's the Benjamins, baby! I bought this for my old man- he will dig it but I won't bother.

                      • Alloy Metals
                        Alloy Metals  2 weeks back


                        • TheAnimelover360
                          TheAnimelover360  2 weeks back

                          I agree, the lion king is too classic to remake, like star wars, I mean I have seen the animated movie so many times and will continue to watch it and laugh and cry and yell at the screen, a remake was greatly unnecessary.

                          • Snowy
                            Snowy  2 weeks back

                            I only hired the movie for my dog. I’m serious. My dog loves animal movies.

                            • MB4493
                              MB4493  2 weeks back

                              This movie is garbage and so far the worst I've seen in 2019

                              • Butter Pie
                                Butter Pie  2 weeks back

                                You know this movie is disrespectful to its source material when animators of the original film and even Elton John (one of the greatest musicians ever) have criticized this soulless cash cow remake.

                                • Luiz Antonio Caldeira Falci

                                  This movie is CRAP... nothing more than a cashcow! The songs are HORRIBLE and not even Beyoncé can save this trainreck

                                  • Brother Trav
                                    Brother Trav  2 weeks back

                                    I reckon 1994 lion king audio with the 2019 lion kings visual would have been sooooooooo much better, like a full remaster not a remake. I wasnt a fan of beyonce singing of circle of life. It really sucked for me. Matter of fact even all the talking really sucked. Its like there was no emotion. And most of the songs just irritated me. They do the whole, hold a single note for a long time. Like hakuna matataaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaa

                                    • Ronnie Sanders
                                      Ronnie Sanders  2 weeks back

                                      Although it was brief and could've been easily missed by most upon first viewing this film, they did hint at how scar got his scar near the beginning of the film. Mufasa roars at him and says "Is that a challenge"?! And scars response is altered from the original by adding one word. He responds with "I wouldnt dream of challenging you... Again". Its not a major change, but i believe this remake is not nearly as emotionless as people make it out to be. I admit its not anywhere close to the original but i do believe it did its job well enough to be praised on as its own work. From what I've experienced, the more you compare remakes to their original counterparts instead of focusing on only the remake you are watching, the less likely you are to enjoy that remake. I just dont compare any movie to its source material until ive watched the movie at least 3 to 5 times, judging it on its own. I did it for this movie and Detective Pikachu. For a better example, I even did this with Dragonball Evolution. Even though i absolutely hated it. And it even made THAT abomination more enjoyable. I just dont compare.

                                      • Augusto Oviedo
                                        Augusto Oviedo  2 weeks back

                                        It Was beautiful, amazing and stunning, as you say, but the lack of emotion, energy was painful, pretty disappointing

                                        • MrFlipperInvader792
                                          MrFlipperInvader792  2 weeks back

                                          Remember when Final Fantasy the spirits within came out and the Big Marketing thing was they were going to have the first digital actress

                                          • UnifiedCodeTheory
                                            UnifiedCodeTheory  2 weeks back

                                            No talking animal cartoon should ever be made live action. It works for cartoons. It does not work in real life. When will people learn this simple arithmetic.

                                            • Jon Ngo
                                              Jon Ngo  2 weeks back

                                              You had me not watching the movie with the "has no soul" thing.

                                              That's why I come here!

                                              • Cmac 613
                                                Cmac 613  2 weeks back

                                                it's a KIDS MOVIE. You are sitting here being critical of a Disney movie like it's a Martin Scorsese film or like you are the target audience. Talking about Aladdin as well. Come on man. Little mermaid next if it comes out? 🤔

                                                • Annamarie Sieberns
                                                  Annamarie Sieberns  3 weeks back

                                                  I actually like the live action Aladdin more than the live action Lion King. But, yeah...

                                                  • Kadester's movie reviews!

                                                    I mean they would make billions of dollars if they played the original videos.

                                                    • J.J. L.
                                                      J.J. L.  3 weeks back

                                                      The irony is that I enjoyed Aladdin 2019 way more than this.(both are inferior live actions remakes but this one is way worse). I'm quite shocked that Jon Favreau fucked this up. The prologue is way too long and the 2nd half was rushed.

                                                      • MICOLE WHYTE#Oneplus6T, A20, LG G6, Go 76ers

                                                        Of course this piece of shit Lion King movie was a cash grab, just like every other remake Jurassic Park predator terminators alien and so on and so on.

                                                        • Dawood Williams
                                                          Dawood Williams  3 weeks back

                                                          I actually loved this film and it's pretty much what i expected.
                                                          I expected and wanted the animals to look like real animals.
                                                          The only things that is a real let down is Rafiki not having his famous scene with Simba, Mr Pig joke not in and the shortened version of be prepared.
                                                          They gave some characters much more depth as well, especially Sarabi, Shenzi and they gave a small yet effective back story to the relationship between Scar, Mufasa and Sarabi and also Mufasa's childhood. which potentially sets up great material for a prequel.

                                                          • Claudiu Brumar
                                                            Claudiu Brumar  3 weeks back

                                                            the owner of disney said that every story must be keept alive so every 10 years or so they will remake that story ,and i think it's nice

                                                            • The Harmattan Soldier
                                                              The Harmattan Soldier  3 weeks back

                                                              Be prepared song was the only thing i was looking forward to in the movie and they shortened it!

                                                              • Dicky Tsuki
                                                                Dicky Tsuki  3 weeks back

                                                                This movie is just planet earth but the animal are talking and acting weird

                                                                • Christopher Barbour
                                                                  Christopher Barbour  3 weeks back

                                                                  Of course, I watch animal planet, Planet Earth etc. That's that whole point of seeing this remake with a story we know and love, let's tone down pride for a bit, what more you were expecting???

                                                                  Don't get me wrong, if you don't enjoy this remake (as well as live action remake in general) that's cool, but you can't make the facial expressions the realism whatever complaints that I keep hearing you'll have a mountain out of a molehill. I'm not saying this movie is perfect, it's not as good as the OG. But the hate over the face emotion etc. isn't even worth it😳.

                                                              • Cool Arrow90
                                                                Cool Arrow90  3 weeks back

                                                                Hard to feel a connection of emotion when animals don't emote... Boring movie, bad voice acting and casting, songs were ruined. Nothing new to offer other than computer visuals. The great James Earl Jones even phoned it in with this one..

                                                                • Tickie-TechToy
                                                                  Tickie-TechToy  3 weeks back

                                                                  Honestly this movie/remake is incredible about all visual effects. But I regret watching it, it lack of emotional of characters. The feeling is not there anymore. Everything feels to boring, sure realistic visual can never match the cartoon version. But it was to boring, lack of emotion and no feeling anywhere. Should have made a new cartoon instead. So many moment is missing and lots of those funny stuff is gone.

                                                                  • Lucari0 ssj
                                                                    Lucari0 ssj  3 weeks back

                                                                    Yes finally I 100% agree I get the point of the movie but was horrible I felt like the voice acting was horrible and the expression was gone which for me was just a soul less movie

                                                                    • wolf blood9k5
                                                                      wolf blood9k5  4 weeks back

                                                                      I absolutely loved this movie but then again I'm apart of the 1% of the Earth's population that has never seen the 1994 Lion King or any of the sequels and no I'm not too young for the movie and didn't know it existed I just never had the drive to watch it but now after watching this movie I am totally wanting to watch the original. I also actually liked that the Lions show little emotion bc to me it seems even more real bc Lions don't really have an emotion any way so that is why I love it, it looks amazing I like a lot of the new recorded songs.

                                                                      • Jerk of Hearts
                                                                        Jerk of Hearts  4 weeks back

                                                                        I'm just happy that people pirating the shit out of this giant pile of Mickey Mouse crap. Fuck Disney and fuck EA

                                                                        • Alex Erasmus
                                                                          Alex Erasmus  4 weeks back

                                                                          I walked out of the cinema when I saw this cause I felt like I wasted money...
                                                                          Same exact story which made it boring as hell
                                                                          No wonder it got 53% on rotten tomatoes

                                                                          • Gabe
                                                                            Gabe  4 weeks back

                                                                            After watching the movie they should of just copy and paste the original voices into the new one. It should of been called lion king remaster straight to digital .

                                                                            • I Am Too Lazy To Come Up With A Name

                                                                              HOW did they give the animals in The Jungle Book expressions then????? You can clearly fucking tell Balloo is a big softy, and that Shere Khan is a big ol' cuntbag. What went wrong???

                                                                            • Lorenzo
                                                                              Lorenzo  4 weeks back

                                                                              None of the animals have facial expressions.. What's the point of being physiologically accurate? They sing and speak English!

                                                                              • Name's Roz
                                                                                Name's Roz  4 weeks back

                                                                                Disney and marvel and sony doing circle of life and ruining our childhood things...

                                                                                • axel alcantara
                                                                                  axel alcantara  4 weeks back

                                                                                  This movie some bullshit

                                                                                  • Christopher Campbell
                                                                                    Christopher Campbell  4 weeks back

                                                                                    God I hated this movie.

                                                                                    • Christopher Campbell
                                                                                      Christopher Campbell  4 weeks back

                                                                                      This movie did not believe in dramatic pauses. It was like all the back and forth walked all over each other. It was so bad. Like it was acted by children in a Elementary school play. All the lines were rushed and felt forced.

                                                                                      • Christopher Campbell
                                                                                        Christopher Campbell  4 weeks back

                                                                                        It's like copy and paste, but they changed the font and removed the grammar. Lile a big fancy run on sentence devoid of structure and emphasis. It was hard to watch...

                                                                                        • Hobbit
                                                                                          Hobbit  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Be prepared triggered me so hard

                                                                                          • Alaina C.
                                                                                            Alaina C.  4 weeks back

                                                                                            My future children will watch the original version, and their children, and their children's, children. As far as I'm concerned, there is no live remake in my world.