The Lion King

 

                       

 

It may take a while for viewers to appreciate this remake, instead of judging it from the original. The remake of this movie was in many controversial discussions way before its release date. Because it went in line with a list of other movies that used Walt Disney’s new strategy by remaking all of our childhood favorites. This movie gives the viewers just about the same story as its original. It does give the audience photo realistic animals which were a big difference as we get the majority of the same songs. Some compared the movie to a nature documentary.

The movie was directed by a veteran at Disney by the name of Jon Favreau, who may have directed his best movie yet, judging on how he was able to make magic with the putting together and cutting the sequences and scenes. Caleb Deschanel is the cinematographer for the movie, who goes on the list as one of the best to shoot live-action animal movies.”Swingers” and the movie “Made were some of the movies that started Favreau’s filming career off. This movie might have been his most put movie yet, the very thought of taking one of Disney’s most successful animated movies and adding a little touch with the latest computer imagery, while still having the audience remember the original by throwing in some of the same music and story.

The visual of the lion king original that we remember growing up was about 88 minutes, had a painting in motion feel, kind of like a real-life children’s storybook. This new touched up movie makes these jungle characters look so amazing, from the colors on the animals, the detailed fur on the lions and even bone structures. Even with every familiar song that we know and every famous line we remember from the original this film making crew put in the extra incredible work to really convince the audience that these lions really exist if you watch closely you can see the fur shed on the grounds of the jungle. Favreau and teammate Deschanel use their amazing camera skills and follow behind our favorite lion friends as they walk through the hills and grasslands of the jungle and fight and run through the water, puddles, and rain. Its as if you were watching the discovery channel and lions let the camera guys hang out in the jungle with them instead of having them for supper.

This movie earned a milestone in the technical world,of course, we have seen animals look real in movies before “Jungle Book” and “Planet of the Apes” to name a few, the way Favreau added an extra touch to this movie is incredible. He made these animals look so much like the real thing, And you have to mention credibility where its due for the film making. Another thing that was pretty cool about the visuals was the part where they flew over Africa. It felt like you were in a plane flying right there at that scene. When a remake is as good as this one you don’t really have thoughts on comparing Matthew Broderick’s Simba version to the Simba played by Glover, But I did notice Beyonce’s extra touch when it comes to the singing from Nala. Just saying. This version of the lion king definitely stands on it’s on paws.

 

The Lion King
Rated: PG
Release date: July 19, 2019
Run Time: 118 minutes
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Producers: Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Silver, Karen Gilchrist
Starring: Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, John Kani, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Eric André, Florence Kasumba, Keegan Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Amy Sedaris

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