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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.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may be my favorite Tarantino film. I have seen all of his films, but I'm not too interested in seeing them again. It is probably not his best film, but I really enjoyed it.

Yeah, it was pretty amazing.

I still can't get over the production-level stuff where he lovingly recreated LA in '69. All those shots of Sunset Blvd and the 101, densely populated with pristine era-specific cars. It looked so authentic that part of me wondered if it was cgi or something. I didn't even realize there were that many fully restored cars of the era still in existence. Also loved that local radio-station bumpers were heavily integrated into the movie's soundtrack.

And that ending. I said damn.

The wife and I saw Hobbs & Shaw last night. We both really enjoyed it even though between us I think we've ever watched one F&F movie. It was just big dumb action-y fun. The chemistry between Statham and Johnson really works and Idris Elba owns every scene he's in.

Nevin73 wrote:

The wife and I saw Hobbs & Shaw last night. We both really enjoyed it even though between us I think we've ever watched one F&F movie. It was just big dumb action-y fun. The chemistry between Statham and Johnson really works and Idris Elba owns every scene he's in.

Good to hear. I’m going out to see it tomorrow with a friend. We haven’t seen any prior movies but are mainly going to watch Elba

I am watching Transforms: Last Knight and god it is stupid. I didn't expect much based on reviews but dam it is so much dumber than I have even imagined.

Terry Gilliam's white whale The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is iTunes movie of the week. 99c rental. Worth watching!

BadKen wrote:

Terry Gilliam's white whale The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is iTunes movie of the week. 99c rental. Worth watching!

Worth buying from Amazon!

So my wife and I finally watched Mission Impossible: Fallout a couple of weeks ago for the first time. We watched it again this last Friday.

I can't stop thinking about the fact that that movie is a freaking masterpiece. Considering how well made, but kind of corny the overall series is I'm shocked that the adjective that keeps coming to mind is masterpiece.

DSGamer wrote:

So my wife and I finally watched Mission Impossible: Fallout a couple of weeks ago for the first time. We watched it again this last Friday.

I can't stop thinking about the fact that that movie is a freaking masterpiece. Considering how well made, but kind of corny the overall series is I'm shocked that the adjective that keeps coming to mind is masterpiece.

I think this is almost obligatory in discussions around MI:

I really enjoy this series. Tom Cruise may be odd, but he does know what he does very well, and leverages that in these movies about as much as anything he's done.

Yeah I'm glad they revived the series after a break. The first was so smart but they dumbed down the 2nd so much. Found a good spot for the recent ones.

Except for the obvious "disavow Ethan even though he's always right" well they went to a few too many times.

MannishBoy wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

So my wife and I finally watched Mission Impossible: Fallout a couple of weeks ago for the first time. We watched it again this last Friday.

I can't stop thinking about the fact that that movie is a freaking masterpiece. Considering how well made, but kind of corny the overall series is I'm shocked that the adjective that keeps coming to mind is masterpiece.

I think this is almost obligatory in discussions around MI:

I really enjoy this series. Tom Cruise may be odd, but he does know what he does very well, and leverages that in these movies about as much as anything he's done.

That was great. Thanks. It added some color to why I’m thinking these movies are legitimately amazing.

It’s also interesting that they collaborated on Edge of Tomorrow. I also hold that movie in high esteem.

Talking about Christopher McQuarrie? They did Jack Reacher together too.
Actually, they've been working together for a long time.

Stele wrote:

Except for the obvious "disavow Ethan even though he's always right" well they went to a few too many times. ;)

Haha, yeah, you would think after the 4th time you blacklist his team because you believe he may have turned only for him to save the world from an enemy you didn't suspect for the 4th time, you might want to hesitate on your assumption that he may have turned the next time around. Typical government bureaucracy.

Kind of like half of those formula cop/detective shows. By Season 5, it's hard to swallow the idea that the main character's colleagues think your hunch is too farfetched yet again.

If they wanted to surprise me, they would have Ethan actually go bad, and have his replacement, some hotshot rookie up and comer, find and kill him. But even if they took that route, they'd probably make it so that it was all Ethan's idea, to pretend to go bad to reveal the true bad guys and establish the new Ethan Hunt. Because Tom Cruise can't be a bad guy anymore.

WTF? Why?

Lana Wachowski Is Helming The Matrix 4, With Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss Returning

They didn't have anything to say in the two sequels why are they being funded to make a 4th?

Time to grab your pleather pants and hack into some robots, because The Matrix is back, baby. Variety has revealed that The Matrix co-creator Lana Wachowski will write and direct a fourth film in the series, with original series stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss set to return as Neo and Trinity.

They weren't as good as the first one, but I liked the second and third movies.

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farley3k wrote:

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:)

That hurts, mainly because of the typos.

His wrong what? HIS WRONG WHAT?!?!