Friday, July 19, 2019

The Lion King (2019) Review: Showing emotion certainly makes the original stand out

The Hit:

Disney has been pumping out live adaptations like it's nobody's business, but is all of them a certain hit? or miss? This flick sure does teeter totter those two questions. 

Cast: James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Beyoncé, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, John Kani, Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Penny Johnson Jerald, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric André, Florence Kasumba

Pros: We get a beloved favorite movie from our childhood remade into a live-action film. How awesome is that? We get to see how a real-life animal would look like and the work that was done to achieve that was amazing. Music, of course, was a hit and nothing really can hinder a classic soundtrack. Nothing new is added that stands out and it follows the original frame to frame so you won't be confused if something fresh pops up. I enjoyed hearing the new voice actors and Timon and Pumbaa stood out like they always do. The scenery was also very nice to look at. 

Cons: This movie has me on the edge and although the work that was done to make this which I'm sure there were hours upon hours, bringing it to life in the outcome felt like it had no heart and soul throughout the whole movie. By that I mean there isn't any emotion in each character like the original animation. I know the whole point is to show how a real live animal would look like if this was real, but the facial expressions were gone from the very start. For example, the fate of Mufasa was not sad at all, including other key moments from singing the catchy tunes and so on. You don't see fear, happiness, anger, sadness and so forth, sure you know from the cartoon you can imagine what emotion in the scene is supposed to be, but that was my biggest con. I tried to ignore it but that just stood out the whole time.

The movie was average and you just may enjoy it more than I did. If you decide to just watch the original instead I won't blame you. 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

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