The Lion King (2019)

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The Lion King (2019)
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What was the point of remaking the original film if you barely do anything new about it?
Genre: Musical
Drama
Starring: Donald Glover
Seth Rogen
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Alfre Woodard
Billy Eichner
John Kani
John Oliver
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
James Earl Jones
Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel
Runtime: 118 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $250–260 million
Franchise: The Lion King

The Lion King is a 2019 American musical film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a photo-realistic computer-animated remake of Disney's traditionally-animated 1994 film of the same name.

Plot

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother -- and former heir to the throne -- has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy, and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Bad Qualities

  1. False advertising: The film is marketed as a live-action remake, when in reality, it is a photo-realistic computer-animated film. Jon Favreau himself repeatedly claimed that it was live-action, before admitting that every scene is computer-animated except for the opening shot of the sun rising.
  2. Poor voice direction. Even James Earl Jones as Mufasa obviously wasn't trying here, with his death scene having sub-par acting from him.
  3. On the subject of Jones, it was hypocritical that they got him to reprise his role as Mufasa but got rid of all of the other adult voice actors, which was clearly a way to pander to nostalgia for Jones.
  4. The movie is rather pointless, as there are almost zero changes to the overall story at all and it even takes some of the exact same shots from the original film.
    • What makes the movie even more pointless is the fact that by the time of its release, the original Lion King franchise was still prominent through The Lion GuardBTSW.
  5. Several of the changes within the story are pointless, and some scenes in the original film are cut for no discernible reason. For example:
    • Rafiki, who played a significant role in guiding Simba, was severely reduced.
    • Banzai and Ed had their names changed for some reason, with the only likely reason being to make them Swahili-sounding.
    • Timon and Pumbaa have several animal friends, all of whom serve no purpose in the story whatsoever.
    • One popular message from the original, "take responsibility for your past", along with the grassland background drop in the same scene in which it appears, has been removed in favor of a lake background drop to "find" Mufasa from there.
  6. The film lacks the charm, depth and emotion that made the original film so memorable and iconic.
  7. The computer-generated imagery for the animals looks amazing and incredibly lifelike, but the issue is that all of them show little-to-no expression of any emotion at all. The reason why the original traditionally-animated film worked is because of the magnificent and intensely expressive animation. None of that is adapted, and thus not shown, in this remake.
    • Most of the song sequences suffer from this. The first example is "I Just Can't Wait To Be King", which is mostly Simba and Nala running with no colorful visuals whatsoever. The next examples are "Be Prepared", which is set in a dark area with no smoke or fire whatsoever, and is just Scar climbing to the top of a cliff. Finally, "Hakuna Matata" is just Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa walking while they awkwardly mime the song.
      • Speaking of the songs, they did an orchestra version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" which is a failed attempt of being current with the Internet.
    • Additionally, real-life animals can express more emotions than the ones in this movie, which is simply illogical. This is because in comparison, the animal characters featured in every other Disney live-action remake, do express actual emotions, similar to real-life animals, yet the makers seemingly forgot that aspect for this film.
    • Scar suffers the most from this, as the realistic approach completely removes the ability to squash-and-stretch Scar's facial proportions to convey his sinister nature and ends up looking like just an ordinary lion with brown fur and a slight scar that aren't intimidating at all.
    • The colorful and vibrant color palette from the original film is also completely lost, and as a result, the film looks drab and dull.
    • Overall, the film looks rather like a nature documentary than a remake of The Lion King.
  8. Scenes from the original film are pointlessly extended simply to pad out the runtime of this film.
  9. The scene where Mufasa is killed by Scar is worse than in the original, as it is made to look like Scar hit him on the face with his paw instead of brutally tossing him off the cliff. Also, Scar's delivery of his line "Long live the king!" is rather over-the-top and bland compared to in the original.
  10. Plot hole: Scar sends Zazu to get the pride after convincing him that he will help Simba and Mufasa, yet he later convinces the pride that he didn't reach the gorge in time to help Simba and Mufasa. Given that Zazu still visited the pride at Pride Rock to relay information, it is unclear why he didn't realize this and reveal to the pride that Scar was lying.
  11. Some of the members of the cast give very bland performances, particularly Chiwetel Ejiofor, who voiced Scar in the film.

Good Qualities

  1. The updated songs are decent, except for "Be Prepared".
    • In particular, the original opening featuring "Circle of Life" returns.
  2. Despite the given flaws, the computer-generated imagery is magnificent and looks incredibly realistic, and all the main characters along with the other animals (including some that were changed in the film) are very accurate-looking to their species.
  3. Timon and Pumbaa are still enjoyable and arguably funnier than in the original film thanks to Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen.
  4. The new version of Mufasa's spirit in the clouds is the only one that this movie does an okay job at, despite the fact that the spirit didn't fully move in the original.
  5. The hyenas, particularly Shenzi, are more powerful, menacing and terrifying than their original counterparts; in particular, Scar's death in this film manages to be very faithful to the original, but also manages to be much more terrifying than the original version, since he fights the hyenas back before being eaten alive and delivering a terrifying scream before dying, something that the original didn't have.
  6. Beautiful scenery.
  7. Zazu is still a tolerable character, and he is arguably a bit less of a Butt-MonkeyLCW than he was in the original.
  8. Some of the cast manages to deliver decent performances, despite some of them being bland.

Reception

Box office

The Lion King opened up at #1 on its opening weekend grossing $191,770,759 domestically. The film earned $543.6 million domestic and $1.1 billion internationally. Overall, it has made $1.65 billion against its $250 to $260 million dollar budget, making it the highest grossing animated film of all time.

Critical response

The Lion King received generally mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, with praise for its visual effects, music, and vocal performances (particularly Rogen and Eichner), but criticism for its lack of originality, and facial emotion on the characters and currently scoring a 53% on Rotten TomatoesRWW with a critic consensus that states, "While it can take pride in its visual achievements, The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved--though for some fans that may just be enough." while the audience score is currently at 88%, and the film holds a 7.1/10 on IMDb.

Videos

Trivia

  • Elton John disowned the film in an interview and stated that the film was a disappointment.

External links

Comments


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EnnardTrap1987

12 months ago
Score 8
Disney needs to just stop Live Action remakes like how Sony should stop making movies completely.
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AlreadyInUse

12 months ago
Score 0
I agree.
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Botbuster

12 months ago
Score 3
I agree with the Disney bit but I disagree with the Sony bit. Are you secretly AniMat?
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ChroniclesXII

12 months ago
Score 1
I wouldn't say that about Sony, but I do agree with Disney. There was no reason for this movie to exist; thus I boycotted it.
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Echidamu

12 months ago
Score 1
Actually, I would love a live action Bolt remake. It actually worked for Aladdin in terms of plotholes and issues that make no sense whatsoever and I imagine Bolt could be fixed in the same way. If anything, remake Bolt. Or at least make a sequel, even if the original movie was bad.
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MeggieConte

10 months ago
Score -6
They are AMERICAN CAPITALISTS, of course they're greedy and desperate for money!
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LA2002

9 months ago
Score 1
Disney actually should be more creative and not do remakes to their films all the time. While I still enjoy their films, this is my golden advice.
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Nersh1rtXD

6 months ago
Score 2
While I don't agree with what you said about Sony, luckily Disney has confirmed their live-action remakes phase will not go on forever.
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LA2002

6 months ago
Score 0
And also, Saltylake, with what you said, it's clear the haters just take it too far, because if they even realized that, then their behaviors could have been a bit better.
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LA2002

6 months ago
Score 0
But for you, Meggie, just spot posting shit about your hatred on Disney, or else you'll get permanently blocked!
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HellLord

one month ago
Score 0
Meggie, stop posting propaganda -_-
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LoudHouseFan777

12 months ago
Score 4
I liked the film.
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AFruitaDay!

12 months ago
Score 2
That's good for you, i'm not going to attack you, so I respect you thoughts on it.
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Rainstorm1650

9 months ago
Score 0
same here
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Echidamu

12 months ago
Score 1
Well Banzai and Ed aren't exactly African names. Actually, isn't Banzai Japanese?
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BlazePlastic2003

12 months ago
Score 0
Well, that's what I heard. When I think of Banzai, I'm thinking of Banzai charge.
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 2
Seriously, who the fuck is even watching this movie!? How the hell did it gross like $1B!?
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Luigitehplumber

12 months ago
Score 1
It’s the highest grossing animated movie of all time now. How? I don’t know.
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AlreadyInUse

12 months ago
Score 0
IKR, I know NOBODY who went to watch it.
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Trevor807

11 months ago
Score 2
It’s sad to see how little people care about quality nowadays.
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ItMeansNothing

9 months ago
Score -1
It's not even animated!
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ItMeansNothing

9 months ago
Score -1
Oh wait yes it is.
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Trevor807

8 months ago
Score 0
Still, the fact that this took a record from GOOD movies is a mark of how little people care about quality these days.
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LeroyManTheFirst

27 days ago
Score -5
Uh-Oh, Nostalgia-Tards!
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Hookuai

one day 8 hours 43 minutes ago
Score 0
Uh Oh, Opinion disrespecter. Leroy, ypu make really unfunny jokes
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AFruitaDay!

12 months ago
Score 2
It can't believe it surpassed the Lion Kings 1994's gross. Well, if you like, then I will be kind to you.
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Spongebuff1991

12 months ago
Score 4
I might enjoy it.
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 2
I knew this was going to not work.
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Luigitehplumber

11 months ago
Score 2
Well, seems like the Billion Dollars it has made doesn't explain the fans of this movie or something.
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 1
Critically though, it didn't work.
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Freddie123

11 months ago
Score -1
You know something more godawful than this flick? The haters who won't quit the shit with a bad movie even after a year has passed.
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LeroyManTheFirst

27 days ago
Score 0
Yeah and this just goes to show that Miraheze has became corrupt!
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Breakin' Benny

10 months ago
Score 0
Well, this is a movie I might consider watching... but not in a theater.
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Casablanca

10 months ago
Score -1

ok, so in the beginning of august i was visiting my godfamily, and the mother said that we were going to see a movie. guess what movie it was?


this.
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Portrock1566

9 months ago
Score -1
The unemotional facial expressions pisses me off.
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Nersh1rtXD

3 months ago
Score 0
same
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TheInterneto

9 months ago
Score 0
Hold on
LIKE THIS?!
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HellLord

one month ago
Score 0
XD
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Levbastian22

8 months ago
Score 3
Thanks for killing my childhood modern Disney!
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LeroyManTheFirst

27 days ago
Score -2
Fuck off Nostalgia-Tard, how is that “Childhood ruining” when you haters behave like bazooks!?
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Hookuai

one day 8 hours 44 minutes ago
Score 0
Leroy. Just because they didn't like the reboot is not a nostagiatard. Shut up for once.
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Maxkatzur

8 months ago
Score 1

Disney is cheating for success! Not good.

This comment is an satire!
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Declan Kearns

8 months ago
Score 0
Did Disney go to the Psycho and The Omen remake school of copy and paste remakes. Because you've watched the original, you've already watched this film. Again, nobody asked for a Lion King remake.
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Official-PSASD

7 months ago
Score 0
I could predicted in Deadpool 3 where Deadpool himself mocking at every Disney live-action remakes (most notably The Lion King)
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Blossom.Alyssa

7 months ago
Score 1
At least Aladdin was decent enough and had great actors for Jasmine and Genie. This is just insulting and unnecessary.
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Nersh1rtXD

6 months ago
Score 0
I agree. The Aladdin remake wasn't that bad in my opinion. I'd rather watch it than this or the Lady and the Tramp remake.
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PhantomVulture

6 months ago
Score 1
Disney's The Lion Killing.
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Nersh1rtXD

6 months ago
Score 0

While I didn't mind some of the Disney remakes (such as "The Jungle Book" or "Aladdin", they were decent imo) the quality seems to be getting lower for each film. It's like the more they crank out one of those remakes, the more half-assed it looks.

I mean, they didn't even bother to have the animals express emotion in this one! I do enjoy watching Disney movies, but they really need to try harder on their remakes (I mean, the Lady and the Tramp remake looks more half-assed than this, which is a shame since I loved the original when I was a kid)

I just hope the Mulan remake will not disappoint, or the Little Mermaid remake. I'm still giving those two a chance even though I don't support police brutality in Hong Kong, and the fact there was controversy over Halle Bailey as Ariel.
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LA2002

6 months ago
Score 0

Yeah, and not to mention, the animals in the previous Disney live-action remakes where actually able to express emotions similar to their animated counterparts, yet the makers of this one have very likely forgotten about that aspect.

Heck, even The Lady and the Tramp (2019) used actual dogs for Lady and Tramp, and dogs are known for expressing a lot of emotions, similar to a human being. Plus, lions (besides looking mostly emotionless) actually can express emotions, reminiscent to the original film.

In either way, I totally agree with ya, because Disney needs to realize about their current mistakes so that their reputation gets better.
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Sofaking we todd it

6 months ago
Score 0
Now Disney wants to make a "live-action" remake of Bambi. Why make original stories when we can make the same movie with a different look?
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Official-PSASD

6 months ago
Score 0

I did heard everyone find out where Disney is ready to create the Bambi remake and it was become very riot and mass hysteria.

Even Saturday Night Live also made a joke of Disney endless live-action remakes since 5 years ago.

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Stephenfisher2001

6 months ago
Score -2
Aw crap!!! NOW IS REALLY AWFUL!!! :(
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LeroyManTheFirst

27 days ago
Score 0
This is why I wished I logged out my miraheze account.
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score 1
I honestly liked this movie.
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Mr. Dready

5 months ago
Score 2
Yeah me too!, i saw it in theaters in Real 3D, infact i actually felt like i was in the movie.
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Declan Kearns

5 months ago
Score 0
This is a spit in the face of the entire Fanbase and a systematic raping of the series core principles.
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Glitchmaster

5 months ago
Score 1
Disney's just milking their franchises now.
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FreezingTNT

5 months ago
Score -1
Pretty much anything that becomes popular (e.g. Star Wars) gets milked into a franchise to cash in on said media.
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LeroyManTheFirst

27 days ago
Score 0
God please kill me
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AbareKillerFan 2002

4 months ago
Score 0
I enjoyed this film, but still, the original was way better
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Jego5542Gonzalez

one month ago
Score 0
I can’t stand Disney making live-action reboots that ruin classics.
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GOJIRA

one month ago
Score -1
I love this film so much for it CGI, Voice acting, Characters, and musical scores and everything the animals do express emotion in the movie in some scenes and i rate this film 10/10
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Nersh1rtXD

27 days ago
Score 2
lmao the comment section is so awful I'm laughing

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