The Lion King
IMDb Rating | 7.2
Humpo Show Rating | 7.8
Starring: Donald Glover, JD McCrary, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Eliofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones,
Director: Jon Favreau
Plot Summary: After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. (IMDb)
A live-action reboot of the 1994 original film, which follows the life of a young lion called Simba.
The opening is breathtaking. It looks like it comes straight out of a Sir David Attenborough nature documentary. The realistic nature of the CGI is the stand out thing that I took away from my viewing because at some point, I simply forgot that I was watching a ‘live-action’ film, as the scenery and animals looked so real. The immense detail that went into every animal’s movement was remarkable, – every breath, twitch and movement elevated the film to a new level of realism.
In terms of the story, the film follows the original 1994 film faithfully so there’s little surprise factor involved, but there’s a sense of eagerness from us to see the moments we love best, and to be fair, they were delivered well. Despite the IMDb score of 7.2 in comparison to the original’s 8.5, the live-action is a decent reboot and does justice to the original source material that it worked with.
Nevertheless, there were some points that I was not overly keen on. Given the film’s photo-realism, it seemed to hamper the ability of the animals to sing naturally or to convey emotion – it made for an unusual looking animal, and an area where the original surpasses this one by a vast difference. Another aspect of the film which doesn’t live up to the original is some of the songs, most notable was ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ – Beyonce oversings it massively not only in comparison to the original but also in the duet and it detracts from what should have been one of the film’s highlights.
All in all, the film is a good enough reboot, doing justice to the original and has simply incredible visuals.
The Humpo Show | Richard