The Lion King - Movie Review (2019)
The Lion King (Remake)
While the graphics/CGI is really amazing at this point in time, I'm sick and tired of movies being remade by Disney. Remade unnecessarily. So many of the cartoon Disney movies have/are being remade into realistic and or human or CGI inventions. There are so many movies to choose from, if they had to be remade. But The Lion King should not have been one of them.
Because they are attempting to make things so realistic, it takes the magic away from the story. Scar was an incredible disappointment. Honestly the only semi okay characters were Timon and Pumbaa. The things that made the Original Disney Lion King so good were completely gone from this version. And it honestly made this unbearable to watch.
Pretty much all of the songs were lackluster. Honestly the movie follows along the same issues I've been noticing in these Disney remakes. That it seems that they are attempting to make it audience friendly. This leaves it in a weird space between 'for kids' or 'for adults' This leaves it somewhat dull for children due to the overtly realistic aspects. But not ADULT enough for it to really be interesting either. Making it in this awkward PG area when they needed to have either gone G or all the way PG-13 to really push the envelope. I don't know what kind of response or reaction the company was hoping to elicit from the audience but if it at all was to make a magical movie then they failed.
The original had the right amount of sadness and humor to offset the sadness. But this movie was more serious and I believe it hurt the movie instead of making it better. Plus, the murder of Mufasa, well, I didn't cry. And that is just unexceptionable. This is supposed to be one of the most emotional moments in the movie. And nothing. And to give comparison, when I watch the original that scene still makes me cry so. It isn't because I've seen it already or I'm jaded to it. But I am not.
The Lion King (2019) As per my rating
I would not ever show this movie to anyone who hasn't seen the original because it would just taint it in a way that would prevent them from enjoying the original. It just feels like Disney trying to milk their audience for as much money as possible while losing the urge to care for what the audience would actually want. A lot of the big companies are beginning to do this more and more, allowing the greed to envelope them and lose sight of making quality content to please their audience.