The Lion King Review & Comments

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    1. Kumari Tilakawardane

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      Good review. Pretty much what most of us were expecting. Will be watching with my family tomorrow at my local Lakeside 4.99 all the time Vue Cinema.
       
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      Why on earth are Disney remaking their best loved animated classics and turning them into CGI meh-fests?
      A stupid question really as I know the answer - money.
       
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      I wasn’t expecting anything else to be honest. 3pm today the family is watching it at the Vue Merthyr Tydfil. Can’t wait.
       
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      Why is it that every time Disney remakes one of their films the critics are always whining about this has been done before and nothing new on the horizon ?!
      YES it has been done before in animation and to a whole different generation than today's generations who haven't seen the animation or don't know the story......
      These remakes should be seen as movies standing on their own feet without having to be compared to the old animation releases of the 90's.
      Sure Disney is making these for money but that goes for every studio and every company for that matter...that's business, but stop comparing them to the old versions.

      I saw this at my local cinema in laser projection 3D and Dolby Atmos and i enjoyed it a lot......it's beautifully made and the emotion is still present.
      This 2019 version is for the new generation and i think they will enjoy this as much as i did !

      8 out of 10 from me.
       
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      Because Disney wants to become like Apple Inc.
       
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      Sat here now with the family now, just about to start, I will be back after.
       
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      10yr old son and 7yr old daughter are bored
       
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      Our local vue is tha same price £4.99 every film. Then the added value of meerkat 2 for 1 codes on Tuesday and Wednesday, bargain!
       
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      Unfortunately I would have to disagree with you here. Don't get me wrong the artists have done a fabulous job and they should be congratulated for that! But for me the film was missing something - I can't quite put my finger on it...soul, heart maybe - I just didn't connect as well to the more realistic characters as much.

      I would have to agree with the reviewer in this case!
       
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      Indeed, for casual cinemagoers this is precisely the sort of thing that might lure them away from Eastenders and Love Island for one evening...

      Why Audiences Are Only Going to Disney Movies

      So despite mediocre reviews, The Lion King has had 2nd biggest opening of the year (behind only Endgame) and expected to cross the $300m barrier this weekend...

      Box Office: 'The Lion King' Crosses $100 Million Overseas, 'Toy Story 4' Passes 'Inside Out, 'Aladdin' Tops 'Alice'

      Which continues Disney’s complete dominance of the box office :smoke:

      For the sake of cinema, Disney needs to be broken up | Guy Lodge
       
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      The scene with Simba and Nala falling in love, featuring the classic Elton John/Tim Rice song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, is set in BROAD DAYLIGHT.

      Dead-eyed CGI animals, doing karaoke of a superior film, purely to re-up merchandise sales.
       
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      Yup just like any other studio out there , to earn a wad :smashin:. And of course to add even more content for Disney + when it launches , even more wads :D.
       
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      Yep.
       
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      I haven't seen it yet, & I really want to like this Movie, as personally I thought they did a fantastic job with the remake of Jungle Book, but I completely understand the comments people have said about very Lifelike Lions etc. not being able to put across the emotions in this Story
       
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      FWIW that also was my biggest doubt going in, but pleasingly I thought the animals were able to get their emotions and intentions across perfectly well, despite the limitations of the medium. Its pretty much the same as how they handled The Jungle Book, albeit without a 'Mowgli' character this time.
       
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      A pointless remake with no soul.
       
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      Thanks - that gives me at least some hope. Mowgli, of course, was a great "humanising" factor in The Jungle Book, as you pointed out.
       
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      The sound of the barrel being scraped at Disney for any cash grab they can get remaking old classics with warmth and charm for pointless soul less remakes that are more Tech Demo than film is audible all over the world

      Frozen and Moana are the only Disney films I can think of in recent times that had any sort new creative input and thought

      Its high time they started making their live action movies into animated ones just to balance things out!
       
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      A fantastically well written review, thank you. I agree with everything but the score as think it deserves higher for such an amazing achievement and it is enjoyable in its own right.

      We saw on Waterloo Imax last night (after and interesting trip round the Kubrick exhibition at the Design Museum) packed theatre and everyone enjoyed!
       
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      Your comment about the use of the amazing graphics technology made me think about Disney perhaps remaking some of their “true life adventures” in cgi?

      Anyone else out there old enough to remember those?
       
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      Is that the wildlife ones they use to do about animals and make up untales which I think one gave rise to the myth about lemmings.
       
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      On my way to see it at bfi. I'm really apprehensive.
       
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      Whilst I don’t recall the lemmings episode I think you may be correct. Remember loving the true life adventures as a child and being very impressed by Two Brothers which did the same thing of inventing a story around the footage of the (real) tigers.
       
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      Saw it at the weekend. The animation is pretty amazing - must admit I am quite in awe of what can be done these days. The stand out animation for me is the mouse near the watering hole near the beginning. He was at the end too.

      I can't do a comparison with the original because it is a long time since I saw it so can't recall the character details. So I will leave that as I would be perfectly happy with the character handling.

      The big problem is that I knew the story. So once I had got over the animation it didn't really offer much because I knew what was going to happen. So I'd probably give it a 6 or 7 based on fantastic production but not much entertainment. I can imagine someone who had not seen the original scoring it higher.

      Cheers

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      I thought the live action Disney Jungle Book sucked the life out of the story/original animation so not really interested in this one.
       
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      Watched this afternoon in Vue extreme technically amazing crazy what’s possible these days but thought it was soulless and lacking in any heart & l thought some of the voices didn’t work for me which took me out of the movie.

      Preferred Jungle Book remake.
       
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      Wow it was a lot better than I thought after hearing the reviews. For those saying it lacked heart I don't see how when it follows the same story beats. It's the Lion King but with a different paint brush.

      You still get the goosebumps with Mufasa and Simba's relationship. Despite my worries Scar was just as menacing, Chiwetel Ejiofor melted into that character and in the end I forgot it was him. Watching the animated version as an adult, Matthew Broderick's voice sticks out like a sore thumb for me and I much preferred this Simba by Donald Glover. The ending fight between Simba and Scar was better than the original! Seeing two life like adult Lions going at it was amazing. I can't really give it any major negatives. A minor nitpick would be sometimes the ending of a characters monologue wouldn't quite hit the nail on the head for me, a combination of the script and lack of direction for the voice actors. But everyone did a tremendous job and I forgot I was watching famous actors voice these animals (bar John Oliver).

      I left the cinema really happy. My toes and fingers were tapping away during the songs. I smiled and almost cried. It's a nice companion piece. I do find it strange though Disney decided on a remake rather than say a new story to expand on the franchise such as a prequel featuring young Mufasa and Scar and their story, I'd like to see that!

      PS. How good did that Frozen 2 trailer look :eek: Thought of NeverEnding Story immediately.
       
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      While I heartily agree that the visuals were technically stunning, and I liked that they didn’t mess with the story too much, what happened to the soundtrack! I saw the animated Lion King several times at the cinema, and have enjoyed it on most home formats, and the feel of the movie, the emotions, are all carried by the soundtrack, especially by the use of low bass. It is the low bass that gives you that chest-swelling lump in the back of the throat when the young cub is lifted, proud above Pride Rock, that adds even more weight and power to Mufasa’s voice and menace to Scar’s.
      Watching this new version, I felt like someone had switched the usual iSense speaker array for a small budget soundbar! This is why the film had no emotion, Disney have castrated the sound!
      Very Disappointing. :(
       

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