The Lion King - Movie Review

  • Published: 11 July 2019
  • Chris Stuckmann reviews The Lion King (2019), starring Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, John Oliver, John Kani, Seth Rogan, Billy Eichner. Directed by Jon Favreau.
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Comments • 11 701

  • Justin Goolsby
    Justin Goolsby  42 minutes back

    So I just had the chance to see it and I fully agree with you. The movie is beautiful, but the characters can't emote so the dialogue feels lifeless. It doesn't feel like there is any weight behind the words.

    I also got a laugh at the "Can you feel the love in the air at high noon" part. If they just played the jingle, the scene would have been passable, but considering the characters were singing and putting so much emphasis on evening, night, tonight, etc it was highly noticeable.

      PHILOSOPHICAL THINKER  1 hours back

      What was really funny was I brought sun glasses and watched the Lion King from the beginning to the end of the film while wearing them.

      • ArthurLAvila
        ArthurLAvila  2 hours back

        Live action "remake" emphasis on the word remake.

        • Muskateering
          Muskateering  2 hours back

          That thumbnail. I can tell, he doesn't like it.

          • Coco Viper
            Coco Viper  2 hours back

            I think this criticism is absolutely unfair! The remake isn’t that bad, I really enjoyed this movie!

            • Amanda Francis
              Amanda Francis  3 hours back

              You complain about certain parts being just like the 1994 version. Then you turn around and say Can you feel the love this afternoon 🤷🏿‍♀️ Like what do you want? They said live version, not replica version.

              • Michael Graystone
                Michael Graystone  3 hours back

                Disney as you knew it is dead. All of it.

                • Jim Crick44
                  Jim Crick44  3 hours back

                  “Soulless” is 100% correct. Was disappointed. As general and stupid as it sounds, it just didn’t have that energy and heart the original had. Pumba and Timon were great though

                  • NevahLose
                    NevahLose  3 hours back

                    Gud dammit Bob...

                    • Jassy MC
                      Jassy MC  4 hours back

                      I just watched it.. I thought it was cool. Obvi we are always gonna love the cartoon more but I still think it was dope to see a realistic version 😊

                      • Eveline & Mintie
                        Eveline & Mintie  4 hours back

                        I love this remake, cuz it’s so realistic. But guys don’t be so hating towards Disney. I cried when Mufasa died. I didn’t with the old one. Scar has a lot more personality. He’s evil and sinister. But this is my opinion!

                        • Lucinastar
                          Lucinastar  13 minutes back

                          Umm Scar was evil and sinister in the original as well. This one just had him being angry throughout the whole movie. Also Mufasa's death was hilarious looking in the remake and Disney shouldn't be coddled from criticism.

                      • Philip O'Reilly
                        Philip O'Reilly  4 hours back

                        Fantastic review, technically this was amazing to look at but was absolutely soulless and seems like a pointless remake.

                        • oregonnich
                          oregonnich  5 hours back

                          Why? Because Disney is more than ever about money than new ideas.

                          • Brad Clark
                            Brad Clark  5 hours back

                            I literally felt nothing the entire film and that is saying something. I cried in Up. It t ally fell flat for me, the emotion is what I'm looking for, to feel something. Disney had an opportunity to take this to the next level in story telling but the squandered that on over realistic animation. Why do realist animation when we have a real earth just outside our window. Animation is meant to be beyond reality, it's supposed to transport us to another world. The lion King remake felt like a super polished voice over documentary of wild Africa.

                            • The FreshWater Fishing Fellow

                              I saw the Lion King last night. I appreciate the artistry and realism of this remake, no it isn’t as good as the original. However i give it an A+ for effort, and cant wait to own it on DVD. However i still look at the lessons taught in the film still timeless.

                              • jay4759
                                jay4759  6 hours back

                                One will forever be a classic and the other will become old and outdated in a few years. Even now the lack of facial expressions make this the dumbest looking film. When Scar hits simba off the cliff, he opens his mouth a tiny bit with his blank facial expression and shouts long live the king. It looked so dumb

                                • FOOTBALL TRENDS
                                  FOOTBALL TRENDS  6 hours back

                                  I just finished watching lion King and I agree with him 100 per cent ,no unpredictability and less humour, decreased by 50 per cent humour,no emotion just suttleness

                                  • Nujabez1
                                    Nujabez1  7 hours back

                                    They took out Rafiki's scene with the famous line in it, but add a 3 minute scene of Simba's fur going across the land in various ways. Seems legit.

                                    • inkmeal
                                      inkmeal  7 hours back

                                      "Oh I can't wait to see the remake of the Lion King. I hear it's very faithful to the original and that's great. Two of my favorite moments in film history are the Be Prepared scene and the Rafiki hitting Simba scene. I can't wait to see those recreated" - Past me.

                                      • Marquita X
                                        Marquita X  7 hours back

                                        There animals

                                        • John Hodge
                                          John Hodge  8 hours back

                                          Honestly I am distracted by that toy story shirt LOL!.

                                          • 1Kakini
                                            1Kakini  8 hours back

                                            Watched this movie and then decided I had to go watch the real Lion King.

                                            • Dangleplums
                                              Dangleplums  8 hours back

                                              Holy shit, this remake is a remake, who’d have fucking thought?!

                                              • Team Gusa
                                                Team Gusa  8 hours back

                                                My kids liked it they didn’t see the 1995 film check out there review on my page...

                                                • Gaming Dragon
                                                  Gaming Dragon  9 hours back

                                                  I fell asleep during MUFASA’S death. Way to go Disney. Way to go.

                                                  • Alex Hansen
                                                    Alex Hansen  9 hours back

                                                    The Lion King 1994 = funny cartoon. The Lion King 2019 = wtf!! it looke like all facial expressions is gone. or it looks like a animal film documentary. gone bad cgi overload shit.

                                                    • Tiny and Lilly’s Adventures!

                                                      I loved that it was a shot for shot remake

                                                      • Erin Rivers-Hill
                                                        Erin Rivers-Hill  10 hours back

                                                        His laugh after talking about Aladdin😂

                                                        • william goodnight
                                                          william goodnight  10 hours back

                                                          Boring boring Disney

                                                          • Andre Montoya
                                                            Andre Montoya  11 hours back

                                                            I think the real reason why Disney is making all these "live-action" remakes is so they can keep the licences to the stories. Disney does not want anyone else to have a chance to tell these stories.

                                                            • Amon Yao
                                                              Amon Yao  11 hours back

                                                              I didnt expect a new "fresh" take on lion king. I expected every scene from the original to be remade

                                                              • jaxxstraw
                                                                jaxxstraw  11 hours back

                                                                So really it's just a tech demo.

                                                                • Joan Oviedo
                                                                  Joan Oviedo  12 hours back

                                                                  great effects yet, quite forgettable.

                                                                  • Nai'Lah Lynn
                                                                    Nai'Lah Lynn  12 hours back

                                                                    I actually loved the Lion King remake it was nicely done

                                                                    • Timmy P
                                                                      Timmy P  12 hours back

                                                                      Yeah. "Photo realistic" as no plants have motion and Scar is standing there...frozen, like a photo PS this is Blackwashing

                                                                      • Digicraftmon the Crystal Gem

                                                                        The characters can't express, theu just kinda look like animals who don't use facial changes for expression.

                                                                        • Ale Bastos
                                                                          Ale Bastos  13 hours back

                                                                          And I mean no disrespect but, honestly, if you actually felt that the 2019 version was nothing more that a shot-by-shot remake of the original, you should probably watch both versions again.

                                                                          • Dominique Jenkins
                                                                            Dominique Jenkins  13 hours back

                                                                            See I dont think the original movie ment to be as iconic as it was but the new one tried to hit that mark and missed terribly

                                                                            • Dominique Jenkins
                                                                              Dominique Jenkins  13 hours back

                                                                              The circle of life song had no passion in it like the orginal.. they completely screwed up be prepared I was disappointed

                                                                              • Jonathan Hayward  (STUDENT)

                                                                                I have the same viewpoint of this movie as you do Chris. Btw I’m a fan of your videos. But Lion King was just a bland retelling of the original and the original is like in my top favourite five films ever. I did like Scar and the Hyenas in the remake tho.

                                                                                • Ale Bastos
                                                                                  Ale Bastos  13 hours back

                                                                                  Oh, COME OOOON! Enough with the "lack of facial expressions" already!
                                                                                  The characters DO have emotions and they DO have facial expressions, just not humanized ones!
                                                                                  Was I the only one who actually got what John Favreau was aiming at? Was I the only one who actually knew what kind of film I was about to watch?
                                                                                  Yes, technically it is an animated film, but it WAS SUPPOSED TO look, sound and feel like a live action one. It didn't look, sound or feel cartoonish because it WASN'T SUPPOSED TO! That's what CARTOONS are for.

                                                                                  If you're just not prepared to watch this version of the story with photorealistic visuals and less exaggerated facial expressions, - seriously, guys - just stick to the original.

                                                                                  • Internet _
                                                                                    Internet _  13 hours back

                                                                                    Lion king is for small kids. If any grown up is interested in it and its not a woman then it has to be retarded/autistic person

                                                                                    • Lucinastar
                                                                                      Lucinastar  10 minutes back

                                                                                      It's a family movie not a little kid movie.

                                                                                  • Xezatt
                                                                                    Xezatt  14 hours back

                                                                                    I felt like I just watched the Discovery channel, and animals were talking.

                                                                                    I guess you can't mix realistic yet expressionless animals with expressive voice acting.

                                                                                    • Truck Drivin' Kid Billy
                                                                                      Truck Drivin' Kid Billy  14 hours back

                                                                                      There was so much about this movie that infuriated me to no end but the scene that ticked me off the most was the Rafiki and Simba scene with the clouds.

                                                                                      • Rosemary M
                                                                                        Rosemary M  14 hours back

                                                                                        There are so many stories that have not been made into films, Disney have so many opportunities to actually make heir own movie that has never been heard of, y’all could make history but y’all just disappointing

                                                                                        • BetterToSleep
                                                                                          BetterToSleep  14 hours back

                                                                                          Surprisingly I saw some emotion in one scene with Nala. A smile and her being nervous.

                                                                                          • Pat Waters
                                                                                            Pat Waters  14 hours back

                                                                                            Chris TBH if someone asked me to see either Aladdin or The Lion King, I'd go for The Lion King mostly because it doesn't have a rubbish C.G.I. Will Smith.

                                                                                            • RicharXD
                                                                                              RicharXD  16 hours back

                                                                                              I just watch the Lion King 2019. Cut the non sense review! It was a great movie for a kid back in the 90s and it will be a great movie for a kid in 2019. This movie teaches a man how to be a dad. Be a dad for your kid today!