The Lion King Movie Story
“The Lion King” is the story of how a young lion’s life changes after his father’s assassination, based on the animated film in 1994.
The Lion King Movie Review
To say that this live-action film is a computer-animated remake of the animated classic of 1994 does not warrant its visual effect ultimately. Here the technical advancement in computer animation is on full display, and experience is fantastic. There are times when you’re going to wonder if you’re watching a documentary about wildlife, albeit with a big difference. It’s all scripted with a tale you know, particularly if you’ve been watching the 1994 version. So, you understand how all this works out, and there are nearly no surprises at all.
The performances feel somewhat limited in this version by the realistic portrayal of animals, as it leaves very little room for emotion in addition to voice work.
Despite getting an extremely skilled voice cast, this is where things get tough. The singing credentials are available to both Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles, and while Glover adds some charisma to Simba, Nala doesn’t have much to talk about. In sections, however, their connection is charming. Certainly, Chiwetel Ejiofor does more to threaten Scar, and maybe just enough to remember him as a formidable villain.
Pumbaa and Timon, voiced by Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner, are the most pleasant characters. They lighten the trials and take with the cute mixture of warthog and meerkat some much-needed personality. A spin-off with Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon would be well-received and perhaps much more enjoyable. James Earl Jones performs Mufasa again, as he did in the original, to take the nostalgic factor home.
But the only mileage you can get on nostalgia is so much. The Lion King’ is a shot-by-shot, track-by-track remake that emphasizes the challenge with the live-action re-creation attack. Is it better to adhere to the source material, or does it make sense for present audiences to alter it? Jon Favreau prefers playing it safely here, and while that may leave an impression on young viewers, those who have grown up on the animated classic may strive to rekindle their childhood feelings.
However, watching this family-favorite come to life will spark enough awe-inspiring moments thanks to its visual accomplishments, and that will itself warrant a journey to your closest 3D screen.