The Lion King (2019) Review Thread

ShadowKingpin

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Oct 26, 2017
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Skip The Lion King and go see The Farewell instead. 100% on RT and 88 on Metacritic

I want to see that SO BAD! I‘m really thankful it’s getting recognition review-wise. I just hope it’s a success at the box office.
 

Plumpman

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Jan 24, 2018
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Skip The Lion King and go see The Farewell instead. 100% on RT and 88 on Metacritic

You know whats funny? It went down to 99% because they incorrectly posted a negative Lion King review under that movie. LOL.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Skip The Lion King and go see The Farewell instead. 100% on RT and 88 on Metacritic

I would if it was actually showing near me
 

Replicant

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Oct 25, 2017
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Like I always thought. Once you go full realistic with animals, you lose nearly everything traditional animation can bring as far as emotion goes.
 

Aaron

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Oct 25, 2017
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I feel sad for all the kids that gonnna grow up and only have seen this instead of the original.
Man, I just assistant directed Beauty and the Beast at a high school this last spring and the kid playing the Beast had never seen the original. I still don't think he has even after playing the part!
 

Trup1aya

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Oct 25, 2017
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Damn, I'm no longer in a hurry to see this movie. They took a real banger, and turned it into a short, scary speech.

I was waiting for the break down, and it never came, it just ended.

I'm gutted. Like, where are my xylophone bones ? Where's the marching chorus?
 

LuisGarcia

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Oct 31, 2017
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I don't like the look of this at all but it has the same score as Aladdin which I enjoyed.

Will probably give it a look at some point just to form my own opinion
 

Durden

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Oct 25, 2017
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Damn, I'm no longer in a hurry to see this movie. They took a real banger, and turned it into a short, scary speech.

I was waiting for the break down, and it never came, it just ended.

I'm gutted. Like, where are my xylophone bones ? Where's the marching chorus?
Bahahahah what the fuck is this
 

Fudgepuppy

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Oct 27, 2017
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It would've been pretty interesting if they did a frame-by-frame remake, but with hyper realistic CG. The whole spectacle of I Just Can't Wait To Be King, but with photorealistic animals would be fun to see.
 
Nov 1, 2017
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Right.....

We all are entitled to our opinions, but spare us with the sanctimonious attitude in dictating what to watch ,what to support, or to say who is "part of the problem" just because you don't like something, Mr. Big Boy.

Also, the movie can come across as lifeless due to the FX, but the songs are all but lifeless (unless you also have the complete truth in what is lifeless and what not)


What good are lively songs if the movie can’t conjure enough visual energy to match it?
Might as well just be a tribute album then
 

SealedSeven

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Oct 26, 2017
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Damn, I'm no longer in a hurry to see this movie. They took a real banger, and turned it into a short, scary speech.

I was waiting for the break down, and it never came, it just ended.

I'm gutted. Like, where are my xylophone bones ? Where's the marching chorus?
It's at least more sinister than the original. Sad it's shorter, but it gives off more chills I think.
 

RetroCCN

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Oct 26, 2017
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I think I can skip this. Most of the reason I love these Disney films in the first place is for the beautiful hand drawn animation. And when you take that out, well, there just isn't much left that appeals to me. I'm sure the film will do fantastically anyway, if Aladdin is any indication.
 

KyleRipman

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Oct 25, 2017
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As someone who has a huge interest in African wildlife, I'm 100% here for the photorealistic design choice. My favorite part of the Jungle Book was the accurate depiction of different bird species. Assuming that will be the case here (as the previews suggest), I'll likely be thrilled with it.
 

Kaswa101

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Oct 28, 2017
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Damn, I'm no longer in a hurry to see this movie. They took a real banger, and turned it into a short, scary speech.

I was waiting for the break down, and it never came, it just ended.

I'm gutted. Like, where are my xylophone bones ? Where's the marching chorus?
Goddammit. I had to go back and watch the original to cleanse my mind of this lol
 

Poimandres

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Oct 26, 2017
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As someone who has a huge interest in African wildlife, I'm 100% here for the photorealistic design choice. My favorite part of the Jungle Book was the accurate depiction of different bird species. Assuming that will be the case here (as the previews suggest), I'll likely be thrilled with it.
I understand, but I also think why not just watch some amazing nature docos? Some of the CG here looks a bit weightless to be honest (other stuff is quite impressive)
 

Jordan117

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Oct 27, 2017
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This is all that needs to be said about this trash

Good lord, that's awful. And the trailers looked so promising. In retrospect I was probably responding to Zimmer's score more than the cherry-picked visuals.

Also, people, this is not a shot-for-shot remake. Beat-for-beat maybe, in terms of overall plot and set pieces, but on top of rejiggering a lot of dialogue and adding new material, they make the inexplicable decision to throw out the masterfully dynamic animation, color, and cinematography in the original for the boring crap in that clip. A true shot-for-shot remake would be so much better.
 

KyleRipman

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Oct 25, 2017
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I understand, but I also think why not just watch some amazing nature docos? Some of the CG here looks a bit weightless to be honest (other stuff is quite impressive)
Oh I do...I have tons of them from the BBC, NatGeo, etc. I also try to go on safari as often as possible (not as often as I'd like to, but I recognize that I'm fortunate to be able to do it at all). It's my primary non-media passion actually.

But seeing this very realistic style paired with an already-beloved story...it will probably work for me. I could be wrong, of course, and I obviously haven't seen it...but I"m excited to.
 

Durden

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Oct 25, 2017
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Why do people say this is getting panned? Average would be accurate.
Putting aside the fact that Era is generally obsessed with RT scores (90% or it’s SHIT)...

...This a remake of one of the best and most influential animated films of all time. As with all these shit remakes so far based on similarly important material, below average doesn’t, and shouldn’t, cut it.
 
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Trup1aya

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Oct 25, 2017
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It's at least more sinister than the original. Sad it's shorter, but it gives off more chills I think.
The voice actor did very well with what he got, but I feel like this was the intro to a good sinister song, rather than a good song.

The OG achieved the chills via the visuals... It opens with scar tossing a gnawed off zebra leg to his starving henchmen while casually talking about murdering his brother and nephew, climaxes with a freaking nazi salute, I'm pretty sure Scar scares one hyena into falling to his fiery death, then it ends with a sea of blood red against a harrowing night sky. It was spooky and fun at the same time.

I get the photo-realism approach forces them to lean on the audio for the chills, but I don't get why that would lead to gutting half the song and most of the instrumentation.

I used to rewind my videotape when the song ended - playing it over and over again. My son ain't gonna wanna play this shit on repeat. :(
 

Agar25

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Apr 12, 2018
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Goddammit. I had to go back and watch the original to cleanse my mind of this lol
Went in with a clear head and yea the OG dumpsters this, Irons Scar is iconic for a reason as are the hyenas. Listening to the original now and genuinely laughing at the “ No king No king!” Into Scar’s “ YOU IDIOTS THERE WILL BE A KING...I will be king” and the little preen he does with it. The original is just so full of life, I feel nothing listening to any of this new stuff.
 

Kaswa101

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Oct 28, 2017
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Went in with a clear head and yea the OG dumpsters this, Irons Scar is iconic for a reason as are the hyenas. Listening to the original now and genuinely laughing at the “ No king No king!” Into Scar’s “ YOU IDIOTS THERE WILL BE A KING...I will be king” and the little preen he does with it. The original is just so full of life, I feel nothing listening to any of this new stuff.
For sure. The original scene is one of the highlights of the film imo. So full of energy, colour, and even humour!
 

Regulus Tera

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Oct 25, 2017
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Damn, I'm no longer in a hurry to see this movie. They took a real banger, and turned it into a short, scary speech.

I was waiting for the break down, and it never came, it just ended.

I'm gutted. Like, where are my xylophone bones ? Where's the marching chorus?
To be fair here, I think the marching chorus would have also been cut from the original film had it come out in the current political environment.
 

Agar25

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Apr 12, 2018
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This is a remake of the veritable crown jewel of the Disney animated canon.

A rotten score is an embarrassment.
Yea this. It’s been a minute since I’ve seen it but just look at this if you haven’t seen it for a while

The personality, the color, the sweeping music just oozes from every frame, it’s absolutely God tier everything
 

Durden

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Oct 25, 2017
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To be fair here, I think the marching chorus would have been cut in the original film had it come out in the current political environment.
Gotta make sure not a single person can possibly be offended including the fucking MAGAs nazis with these sterile as fuck remakes that have no message behind them so they can grab as much cash from the largest blanket audience possible.
 

jett

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Oct 25, 2017
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Gotta make sure not a single person can possibly be offended including the fucking MAGAs nazis with these sterile as fuck remakes that have no message behind them so they can grab as much cash from the largest blanket audience possible.
I don't understand why some people are using the goose-stepping imagery as an excuse for the entire sequence being left off the movie. Scar and the hyenas are supposed to be evil.