The Lion King (2019) Review Thread

Teiresias

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Oct 27, 2017
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The only good thing about all these animated remakes is that there are only so many more they've got in the catalog to do.

Who am I kidding, we'll get a live-action Toy Story remake within the next five years.
 

jonjonaug

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Oct 25, 2017
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hand drawn animation will always beat CGI crap

1994 lion king still looks majestic cause it’s art, toy story 1 looks like a ps1 game
Into the Spider-Verse and Promare are both full of CGI and they're two of the best looking animated films I've ever seen.

Even on the low end (or very, very low end) of 3DCG animation there's still some neat stuff that can be done with it that would be prohibitively expensive or difficult to do in traditional animation. Some scenes in Kemono Friends and Kemurikusa come to mind here, or the more bonkers sequences in some of the more out-there idol anime like KinPri. It definitely has its place.
 

lvl 99 Pixel

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Said it looked soulless in comparison. Reviews seem to indicate that was right on the money.
When I was a kid I never could suspend disbelief that the animals were all sapient but also fine with royalty literally eating them alive, and now this movies getting reviews like "photo realistic snuff film" lmfao

Into the Spider-Verse and Promare are both full of CGI and they're two of the best looking animated films I've ever seen.

Even on the low end (or very, very low end) of 3DCG animation there's still some neat stuff that can be done with it that would be prohibitively expensive or difficult to do in traditional animation. Some scenes in Kemono Friends and Kemurikusa come to mind here, or the more bonkers sequences in some of the more out-there idol anime like KinPri. It definitely has its place.
Ratatouille is still one of the best looking animated movies. There's lots of great looking stop motion movies too.
 
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FairyEmpire

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Oct 25, 2017
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Still gonna be like the first time I watch a Disney (not Pixar, not Marvel, not Star Wars, etc.) at theatres in like a decade. Some of the reactions are predictable after the reveal, but I still think this is gonna resonate well with the public.
 

excelsiorlef

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The CGI isn't the problem lol

The photorealism looks stunning it's just that it's so real you can't get human expressions that are crucial to musicals
 

CloudWolf

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How is it even possible for this to feel like a strict, almost shot-for-shot remake when it's 30 minutes longer than the original!?
Yeah, wondering this too, especially because I've seen multiple people mention that the only changes are things that are shortened or cut from the original, making the longer running time very suspect. Perhaps they just fucked up the pacing of the scenes and have all scenes take longer.
 

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Yeah, wondering this too, especially because I've seen multiple people mention that the only changes are things that are shortened or cut from the original, making the longer running time very suspect. Perhaps they just fucked up the pacing of the scenes and have all scenes take longer.
animated characters can move faster than photorealistic ones so yeah its probably just a pacing thing
 

kurahador

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Can anyone confirm if this still happen in the movie?
Yeah, wondering this too, especially because I've seen multiple people mention that the only changes are things that are shortened or cut from the original, making the longer running time very suspect. Perhaps they just fucked up the pacing of the scenes and have all scenes take longer.
Some review mention there's new scenes one of which involving Scar.
 

CloudWolf

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Some review mention there's new scenes one of which involving Scar.
True, there's that scene and the new Beyoncé song, but at the same time they more than halved the Be Prepared sequence and they cut out the scene where Rafiki hits Simba on the head, so that kind of evens each other out, I'd think. A couple of new scenes probably wouldn't equal half an hour extra.

It's probably pacing.
 

Wulfric

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I figured near shot-for-shot scenes would be the nail in the coffin for critics. It's still bizarre to me how Jon Favreau directed this film because it sure doesn't seem like it.

The landscape alone seems so dreary. You would think furries would be a sure fire hit audience, but instead my timeline is filled with a resounding "Why?"

Either way, I'm sure it will make a billion dollars regardless. Way to go, general audiences.
 

Kinthey

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Any idea what they've done with
Simba's dad appearing in the clouds? Did they keep that supernatural aspect or did they try something more "realistic"
 
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Lupercal

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This movie keeps looking worse and worse the more stuff comes out.
I'll probably just stream it someday at this point.
 

Scullibundo

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I was gonna check it out for a purely visual interest, but some of these clips look very uncanny valley.

Alita might end up having the best VFX of the year after all.
 

KillstealWolf

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Disney always has at least one blunder in them every year. Who knew it would be the mighty Lion King.
Nah, Dumbo had lower reviews and will gross significantly less than this will (Lion King will probably out gross Dumbo's whole run in the first weekend.)

They already have the Blood Sacrifice for next year on hand though (It was originally suppose to be this year's).

 

Terraforce

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Oct 27, 2017
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What is it with those awful hot takes?
That's not even really a hot take. As someone who liked the movie, I'm not sure what was so spectacular about it to give it near 90% freshness. Hell, TLK scored lower than Thor the Dark World, and you'd have a hard time convincing me this movie is significantly worse than that shit.
 

NekoFever

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Initial reaction to Lion King CG/live action remake footage: "Holy fuck, it's The Lion King, only hyperreal, like a nature documentary. Amazing!"

Several months later, near release: "What the fuck dude, it's The Lion King, only hyperreal, like a nature documentary, ugh!"
To be fair, in a teaser, when the visuals and music are all you have to go on, it's very technically impressive. Like there's no reason why the Circle of Life sequence, which was the teaser trailer, can't translate well to CG because it's just that song and visual spectacle. I've read even the most critical reviews that have praised that sequence.

It's when the animals start talking and it gets compared to the more abstract parts of the original that the realistic imagery falls apart.

Any idea what they've done with
Simba's dad appearing in the clouds? Did they keep that supernatural aspect or did they try something more "realistic"
There's a glimpse of it in this trailer. It's still supernatural.

 

Terraforce

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You meant the cartoon with the blue genie? It is on netflix but i never watched that version before. The only disney franchises that i watched are moana, and wreck it ralph i think (outside of avengers)
Being out of place is the point of Genie as a character. He can do whatever the fuck he wants except free himself.

Why I cannot unserstand is why they didn't make it similar to Aslan.


Jon said why. He wanted to go all in on the photo realism angle. If you watched his previous LA remake work with TJB he clearly has a grasp on how to make animals look realistic whilst still emoting properly. I really wish he would have just continued with that style when it came to TLK as well.
 

Solid SOAP

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The only good thing about all these animated remakes is that there are only so many more they've got in the catalog to do.

Who am I kidding, we'll get a live-action Toy Story remake within the next five years.
LOL, but also fuck. You know that's going to come some day. I dread the inevitable live action craze affecting Pixar's masterpieces. I sincerely hope they don't touch any of Miyazaki's works.
 

Spacejaws

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LOL, but also fuck. You know that's going to come some day. I dread the inevitable live action craze affecting Pixar's masterpieces. I sincerely hope they don't touch any of Miyazaki's works.
Actually kind of suprised we haven't seen a western live action Spirited Away attempt to open a gateway to shoddy remakes of all Ghibli films. I'd wager it'll happen at some point.
 

CloudWolf

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You know, some part of me was thinking the trailers were just awkwardly shot, but that there was still some good here. I mean, this was the one remake they put all their marketing money in.

Aladdin and Dumbo kind of came out of nowhere, they showed some trailers and posters were distributed shortly before release, but that was it. Every single big movie I've seen since April has had The Lion King trailer attached, I saw posters for that movie since March. Eveything pointed towards Disney having immense faith in this, just to fall flat on their faces.