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The Lion King Is a Gorgeous But Completely Unnecessary Retelling

Just two months after releasing a colorful, if kooky, reboot of Aladdin, Disney plays it completely safe with The Lion King. Fearful of changing a single hair on Simba’s photorealistic head, director Jon Favreau tells audiences the exact same story they saw in 1994, making the most minor of concessions to avoid receiving Gus van Sant/Psycho-levels of criticism. Despite the rehash feeling, the astounding hyperrealism of the animals and locations, coupled with a comic pair that runs away with the show, helps The Lion King retain some freshness worth experiencing.

The Lion King tells the story of Simba (voiced as an adult by Donald Glover and JD McCray as a child), who, as a cub, is groomed to be king by his father Mufasa (James Earl Jones). When Mufasa dies at the hands of his villainous brother, Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Simba is blamed and runs away. In order to restore peace to the pride lands, Simba must put the past behind him and find the inner strength to take his place as king.

Since Disney initiated its goal of remaking what feels like every one of the studio’s Renaissance-era animated features into live-action films, questions have abounded about what the point is. Is the goal to enhance the films with technology that wasn’t around in the early ‘90s? To give marginalized characters more depth? Enhance diversity? There has never been a hard and fast set of rules, short of “remind the audience why they loved it.” The Lion King is one of Disney’s most popular movies, so there appears to be little desire to do more than bring in new fans who, for some reason, might outright refuse to watch the 1994 original. Jeff Nathanson is credited as the screenwriter, but nearly 95 percent of the movie is, line-for-line, untouched.

Since Disney initiated its goal of remaking what feels like every one of the studio’s Renaissance-era animated features into live-action films, questions have abounded about what the point is.

Are people that stupid? It's Disney.

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farley3k wrote:

Gorgeous But Completely Unnecessary

Finally, a worthy epitaph for my grave.

farley3k wrote:

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Right and one group is basically guaranteed to make at least $500 million.

The cursed double post.

Come on, the film version of Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage will make well over $500 million, and will cost way less in special effects.

farley3k wrote:

Come on, the film version of Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage will make well over $500 million, and will cost way less in special effects.

I mean it could happen. Will it have animated animals and celebrity voices?

lunchbox12682 wrote:

The cursed double post.

I thought you just did a remake of your post.

I saw Midsommar today. I don’t know what is is about Ari Aster’s films. They leave me half entranced, half wanting more (in a bad way). I really get absorbed into the dreamlike world building, then get a little disappointed that the events that take place never quite live up to the buildup.

Really liked it overall but I think he needs to be like 15% less clever and subtle.

Watched The Predator and enjoyed it way more than I thought I would with all the bad reviews. Oh it was a dumb movie but fun dumb. The ending was so stupid and made zero sense but I also thought it was bad ass. The body count is high and people go out in creative ways. People also go out in silly ways. One main guy dies and I'm not even sure how it happen.

The worse thing for me is I didn't really understand the ball. The thing pops up through out the movie. I wasn't sure why or how it got to places. I also wasn't sure how a couple people knew how to use it. I think the last person that used it never seen it before so I have no clue how they knew what to do with it.

I also didn't care for generic evil guy. He was to much of a trope.

Anyway I would put this on par with Predators which I also liked. Oh one more thing they put a lot callbacks and easter eggs in this movie.