The Lion King (2019) Review Thread

Snarfington

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Oct 25, 2017
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I liked it. Thing is, even with the loss of visual variety and poorer voice acting The Lion King is still a fundamentally good movie base, so basically ripping it off still produces something good. And when he wasn't phoning it in, James Earl Jones still got me choked up with his emotional high points.

Don't get me wrong, I'll never watch it again as the animated version is far superior, but as a one-off cinema experience it was really enjoyable and the CG was amazing.
 

Kanhir

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Oct 25, 2017
570
Anyone here seen it in a non-English language?

One of my biggest beefs was the poor acting, so I'm planning to watch it in German to see if it's improved by having professional dubbing actors instead of Disney stunt casting.
(Plus, they got the original young Nala actress back to play adult Nala, which is just the most wholesome thing ever.)
 

Kismet

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Nov 9, 2017
1,023
The movie was OK. I didn't like the voice acting.

And the animals lack of expression ruined this for me. Especially the Timon and Pumba parts.

It felt flat and dead.
 

Housecat

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Oct 25, 2017
217
Anyone here seen it in a non-English language?

One of my biggest beefs was the poor acting, so I'm planning to watch it in German to see if it's improved by having professional dubbing actors instead of Disney stunt casting.
(Plus, they got the original young Nala actress back to play adult Nala, which is just the most wholesome thing ever.)
I like the original Norwegian voices and songs more than the original English ones, but the new Norwegian ones aren't great based on the songs and trailers. I'll check out the new Norwegian version when I get the chance though.
 

Zelas

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Oct 25, 2017
3,806
I liked it. Thing is, even with the loss of visual variety and poorer voice acting The Lion King is still a fundamentally good movie base, so basically ripping it off still produces something good. And when he wasn't phoning it in, James Earl Jones still got me choked up with his emotional high points.

Don't get me wrong, I'll never watch it again as the animated version is far superior, but as a one-off cinema experience it was really enjoyable and the CG was amazing.
Exactly how I felt after watching it.
 

Gifmaker

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Oct 29, 2017
625
Anyone here seen it in a non-English language?

One of my biggest beefs was the poor acting, so I'm planning to watch it in German to see if it's improved by having professional dubbing actors instead of Disney stunt casting.
(Plus, they got the original young Nala actress back to play adult Nala, which is just the most wholesome thing ever.)
The German dub is one of their poorer efforts in recent years (compared ie to Star Wars, which has some of the greatest dubbing efforts ever recently).
 

mattp

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Oct 25, 2017
733
NJ
Me too...

The emotional scenes hit me as hard as when I first saw them in the cartoon.
i'm really curious how people who never saw the original react to this movie
i feel like the memories of the original are "filling in the blanks" for this movie
would most people like it as much if it wasn't just reminding of the original?
 

cvxfreak

Brave Wave Producer
Verified
Oct 25, 2017
438
Tokyo
Anyone here seen it in a non-English language?

One of my biggest beefs was the poor acting, so I'm planning to watch it in German to see if it's improved by having professional dubbing actors instead of Disney stunt casting.
(Plus, they got the original young Nala actress back to play adult Nala, which is just the most wholesome thing ever.)
I plan on seeing the Japanese dub when the film hits next month.
 
Oct 2, 2018
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i'm really curious how people who never saw the original react to this movie
i feel like the memories of the original are "filling in the blanks" for this movie
would most people like it as much if it wasn't just reminding of the original?
I felt bad for the kids in my cinema. There was no laughter. Nothing. Not even during hakuna Matata *which is like the funnest song ever - also * I cant wait to be king.
 

Iceternal

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Oct 28, 2017
790
I felt bad for the kids in my cinema. There was no laughter. Nothing. Not even during hakuna Matata *which is like the funnest song ever - also * I cant wait to be king.
Kids at my showing laughed and reacted .... It's all anecdotal evidence...

My theory on this film is your enjoyment depends on how much of an animal lover you are. The animals are so realistic and not anthropomorphized that you can't relate to them the same way. But having always lived with cats and dogs, it never bothered me. I can't read my animals' emotions without them smiling or laughing.
 

Aaron

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Oct 25, 2017
10,211
I felt bad for the kids in my cinema. There was no laughter. Nothing. Not even during hakuna Matata *which is like the funnest song ever - also * I cant wait to be king.
Oh man, my audience ate this movie up, especially all the jokes with Timon and Pumbaa. I'm sure the kids had a good time.

I feel bad for anyone that discovers this new Lion King before the original because damn.
I direct high school theatre and we did Beauty and the Beast last year. The kid who played the Beast still hasn't seen the original cartoon, the live-action version is all he knows.

We're old, dwi.
 
Oct 2, 2018
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Oh man, my audience ate this movie up, especially all the jokes with Timon and Pumbaa. I'm sure the kids had a good time.


I direct high school theatre and we did Beauty and the Beast last year. The kid who played the Beast still hasn't seen the original cartoon, the live-action version is all he knows.

We're old, dwi.
the only person that laughed heaps was some old sounding dude in the back row. The rest of the 80% full cinema was dead quiet throughout. Even during the comedic bits. I laughed at beyonce's terrible line delivery.