Hakuna Matata Gets an Eye-Popping Update
I distinctly remember having watched The Lion King in 1994. A high school student who hated the musicals, I was cajoled. going through my theater club friends. Needless to say, The Lion King was absolutely beautiful; a captivating adventure, rich in songs, which will become Disney's most successful animated film. The 2019 version does not exactly reflect the spirit of the original, but is approaching. The visual effects are revolutionary, really amazing. Director Jon Favreau brings the African savannah to life with breathtaking realism. A new generation of fans will be seduced by a classic story revamped with the help of advanced technology.
On The Pride Lands of Africa, the noble and powerful lion king Mufasa (James Earl Jones) proudly displays his newborn to the animals of his kingdom. Young Simba (JD McCrary) is a curious and naughty idiot who likes to explore. With his best friend Nala (Shahadi Wright Joseph), the little ones play under the watchful eye of Zazu (John Oliver), their exasperated bird guardian. The birth of Simba has not been celebrated by everyone. Mufasa's treacherous brother, Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), is no longer online to rule.
Simba's curiosity is exploited by Scar trick. The little serious is led to put his father in danger. Horrified by his actions and stimulated by Scar, Simba runs away from home. Alone and hungry, the frightened lion cub is saved by a crazy meerkat (Billy Eichner) and a fragrant warthog (Seth Rogen). Simba (Donald Glover) grows worry-free in the world. But a chance meeting with Nala (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter) reminds Simba of his royal duty. Scar decimated the lands of pride and threatened her mother's life (Alfre Woodard).
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 The Lion King is not a remake of the caricature. The film lasts thirty minutes longer than the original. The new material is evenly distributed. Do not worry, Jon Favreau and screenwriter Jeff Nathanson do not change the iconic scenes of the cartoon. The introduction to Pride Rock, the wildebeest rush, Simba's meeting of Timba and Pumbaa, the filmmakers treat the most memorable moments with respect and deference. They did not want to play with greatness.
The new material adds dramatic depth and violent images. The visual effects are so photorealistic that the interaction between animals becomes less innocent. The film quickly goes from cute and cuddle to danger and violence. The decisive battles between lions and hyenas are not bloody, but rather wild. This may sound shocking, but is quite necessary. This is the major difference between simple 2D animation and special effects, the CGI magic exposed here. Lions fighting for supremacy are not beautiful to see. I applaud Disney for not smearing the darker aspects. The animals are eaten, fight for survival and risk death.
The vocal performances of Donald Glover and Beyoncé are disappointing. Young actors who interpret Simba and Nala as small are more endearing and effective. The majestic inflection anchors of James Earl Jones The Lion King . No one else who could have expressed Mufasa. Support characters steal the show with their warmth and humor. John Oliver, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are hysterical. Zazu, Timon and Pumbaa are just as adorable as in the cartoon.
Hans Zimmer returns to mark The Lion King with slightly updated versions of The Songs of Elton John and Tim Rice. "Can you feel love tonight" and "Hakuna Matata" are delicious, the phenomenal soundtrack does not lose a beat. The public will sing his favorite songs. Joyful music softens the hardest aspects of graphic visuals. Beyoncé, Elton John and Time Rice add two more songs, "Spirit" and "Never Too Late". New songs are played during the credits and do not move any part of the original music.
The Lion King will trample the box office in the style of the club. All fans of the classic cartoon will love the remake. The visuals are just amazing. Fortunately, the spectacular CGI effects do not cover the heart of history nor the much-loved music. Disney has done a fantastic job this year, updating its animated hits from the 90s. Both Aladdin and The Lion King are the winners. The bar is high for next spring Mulan . The Lion King is produced and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
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