For those of us who are old enough to have watched the original Lion King in 1994, this remake will be a bit of a let down. Yet, if you have never watched the original (Oh but you should), you may be impressed with the latest version.
With this being said, the remake is a masterpiece when it comes to cinematography. The CGI that brought the characters to life, make this movie visually stunning. It feels as if you are inside the Lion King storybook, watching the scenes unfold. If this was the makers’ intention, then they succeeded wonderfully. They are sure to win awards in this category. Even so, the remake misses in other areas.
I know I should not be comparing this version to the original, but it is quite difficult not to. If you have never seen the 1994 version, then these minor criticisms of mine, may not apply. For the older generation of Lion King fans, read on.
The original has a bountiful amount of emotion that we could see in the characters faces and actions. Not so much now. Even with the magnificent CGI work, emotions are something that seem to be missing. The characters almost appear to be CGI robots, acting out a play. Maybe convincing emotions are difficult to show when one places so much effort into making lions look so real within an animated movie. I do not know. My second criticism goes along with this. The first Lion King was full of emotions, including humor. The jokes were good and made audiences laugh out loud. The remake missed the mark in this area. Humor seemed forced, and for the most part, only brought out chuckles from the audience.
Even with my criticism, The Lion King is a movie worth watching because of the cinematography, songs, and star studded cast. It includes James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Chiwitel Ejiofor (Scar), John Oliver (Zazu), Seth Rogan (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon), and multiple more brilliant cast members. This movie is likely to set a precedent for future Disney movies with the bar it has set in CGI cinematography. I am looking forward to watching what Disney creates next along this same line.