What a year for Disney. Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Frozen 2, Star Wars: Episode IX, and The Lion King will be hitting the big screen for the entertainment empire. Today, though, the man, or the movie, of the hour is The Lion King. We got our first
It’s always hard to decipher a two hour film after seeing less than two hours of footage, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do here! This trailer is definitely giving me the impression that they’re not going to be straying from the source material. It almost looks like a shot for shot remake of the original, with the exception, of course, being that the characters look far less cute and cuddly…because they’re computer animated models that look like they’re trained animals from the jungles of Africa.
The film looks gorgeous and clean. I’m not worried about the cast either. It’s a loaded production, and it should be. It’s The Lion King. You don’t cut corners on one of the greatest animated films in history, and it doesn’t look like Disney has. However, if they are going to tell the same story as they told the first time around, then why are they making the film?
These last few years Disney has started this trend of live action remakes of their animated classics like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. The formula was make the same movie and change just a couple details so that it couldn’t be a carbon copy, and the formula has definitely worked at the box office. It looks the The Lion King will be following the same formula.
I’m sure the film will make a boatload of cash, like all Disney projects do, but will it have staying power like the classic it’s remaking? If it’s anything like Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, it will be second rate to the original, because it’s not the original. Personally, just like I did with Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, I’ll see the film, but I have a feeling that when I think of The Lion King, I’ll think of the 1994 classic.
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