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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  • Gleb Tsedzik
    Gleb Tsedzik  5 hours back

    Are Bob and Jeff supposed to be Bob Iger and Jeffrey Katzenberg?

    • Reality Vanguard
      Reality Vanguard  1 days back

      I guarantee you 96% of people did not love Aladdin remake. Either Disney faked all those reviews or... somehow people are actually getting dumber.

      • Karanvir Kooner
        Karanvir Kooner  1 days back

        I love the original and not the remake

        • Oong The Last Airbender

          This movie sucks... Im watching it right now as im typing. Listening to simbas bad voice acting after his dad died

          • Undead Slayer
            Undead Slayer  4 days back

            i agree with this review tho

            • Undead Slayer
              Undead Slayer  4 days back

              i loved all lion kings people are just to bitchy these days

              • KaMui
                KaMui  4 days back

                Don't forget the transportation of one of the most powerful scene with Mufasa in the clouds talking to Simba. This hadn't much of an impact as in the original, imho.
                And yes, the most important thing for me - that you mentioned - (and I really was mad and pissed) that they left out, was Rafikis message to Simba when he hits him with the stick (that he even didn't have in the remake) and gave him basically an essential philosophy for life. It's actually the bottomline of this movie! How can they cut this out? I just don't get it...

                • Hackt
                  Hackt  1 weeks back

                  Characters lack emotion and expression. It is like watching animal planet while someone tries to place a voice over it.

                  • Henry Mockingbird
                    Henry Mockingbird  1 weeks back

                    who ever say that the 2017 beauty and the beast is a copy of original seriously need to see the lion king remake

                    • Fxllen Lion
                      Fxllen Lion  1 weeks back

                      To sum it up... Whole move just sucks ass. After watching this I had to re-watch the 1994 one not once not twice but three times to fulfil my love for Lion King.

                      • YoungSpunkY
                        YoungSpunkY  2 weeks back

                        Tigers are kings of jungle.... Makes no sense to hear a lion being a king of the jungle... Must be very slow people that believe this 😂😂😂

                        • Lyubomir Ivanchev
                          Lyubomir Ivanchev  2 weeks back

                          Disney simply don't care about making good films anymore. They only care about grabbing cash by relying on old laurels.

                          • Hampus Varadi
                            Hampus Varadi  2 weeks back

                            New one is like 30 minutes later

                            • Athul Krishna
                              Athul Krishna  2 weeks back

                              No expressions, bad dialogues, no humour, every scene was rushed even simba and nala meeting, no offense to beyonce but the opening song and love song was bad and overdone..

                              • Ernie Coney
                                Ernie Coney  2 weeks back

                                Im good with them not changing much. But i agree, the soul was not there.

                                • rudeboymon
                                  rudeboymon  2 weeks back

                                  It was good but it didnt have the same emotional effect as the original for some reason. The special effects were amazing though. I think they remade Alladin better.

                                  • Dracorider 19
                                    Dracorider 19  2 weeks back

                                    Even if a film like this has amazing photo-realistic effects, it simply isn't complete if it lacks clear facial expressions and has no original story. While I do like that they got James Earl Jones back for Mufasa, this remake was simply unneccessary. Any remake of the original animated Lion King is destined to be soulless.

                                    • Michael Whitney
                                      Michael Whitney  3 weeks back

                                      I seem to be one of the few people who enjoyed this remake nearly as much as I did the original. I'm also not a big fan of the Jungle Book remake but I think that's because I find somethings in it cringy. Of course all these remakes are cash grabs there's no other reason for it, that or they're too lazy to come up with something new. Fact of the matter is they have a list of animated films they know did well or not and they know damn well that people are going to watch it no matter what just to see what it's like if nothing else.

                                      I liked the little bits they added like Timon's "be our guest" bit and quite enjoyed the extended "the lion sleeps tonight song". Agree though that performances in terms of expression wasn't as good as the original and this is just something that is a trade off depending on what you want to achieve. I feel though that no matter what approach they took they'd be slated for it. Let's say they did a Jungle Book like remake and changed the story a fair bit really making it their own. Then you get people saying it's nothing like the original bit like what happened with Dumbo. Then let's say they did more facial expressions and mouth movements, then you get people slating that the facial expressions wouldn't really happen though they still could have done more with the expressions of animals in other ways such as more body language.

                                      I also wonder if people don't feel the emotion as much because they all ready know what happens and what to expect and maybe we're a bit biased towards it because we've already seen the original which we all love. But what if they had come out with the remake as the original in 1994, would the reviews be the same not having something to compare it to?

                                      • paaandub M
                                        paaandub M  3 weeks back

                                        That's why I start watching foreign movies.. They original..

                                        • Cyrus The Great
                                          Cyrus The Great  3 weeks back

                                          I actually forgot about this movie's existed.

                                          • wrigh2uk
                                            wrigh2uk  3 weeks back

                                            I’m happy I didn’t pay to see this. Looks amazing but souless. Even the Aladdin remake had more originality than this.

                                            • Addy Eckstrom
                                              Addy Eckstrom  4 weeks back

                                              AGREED 💯

                                              • rsfarris86
                                                rsfarris86  4 weeks back

                                                They made a huge mistake by not adding facial emotion and expressions to the characters. I’m not saying they had to be huge and overly expressive, but they needed a hint of something. Relying on the voices to indicate the emotions wasn’t enough.

                                                • RaY mACz
                                                  RaY mACz  4 weeks back

                                                  The big difference between animated & photorealistic movies is the facial expression. That's why... =)

                                                  • Attractionlist O
                                                    Attractionlist O  4 weeks back

                                                    Is it ok I kinda like this movie well that is because the 1994 version is my favorite Disney movie

                                                  • Eric Alviter
                                                    Eric Alviter  4 weeks back

                                                    T.V commercial narrator: HEAR WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LION KING!

                                                    "The Lion King(2019) was......The Lion King."-Chris Stuckmann

                                                    • Siry Galarza
                                                      Siry Galarza  4 weeks back

                                                      Damn, just watched this movie and your review was spot on. So disappointing seeing how they shot this film

                                                      • dkyelak
                                                        dkyelak  1 months back

                                                        WHY? It's the Benjamins, baby! I bought this for my old man- he will dig it but I won't bother.

                                                        • Alloy Metals
                                                          Alloy Metals  1 months back

                                                          OMG YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THAT SHIT ON VINYL

                                                          • TheAnimelover360
                                                            TheAnimelover360  1 months back

                                                            I agree, the lion king is too classic to remake, like star wars, I mean I have seen the animated movie so many times and will continue to watch it and laugh and cry and yell at the screen, a remake was greatly unnecessary.

                                                            • Snowy
                                                              Snowy  1 months back

                                                              I only hired the movie for my dog. I’m serious. My dog loves animal movies.

                                                              • MB4493
                                                                MB4493  1 months back

                                                                This movie is garbage and so far the worst I've seen in 2019

                                                                • Butter Pie
                                                                  Butter Pie  1 months back

                                                                  You know this movie is disrespectful to its source material when animators of the original film and even Elton John (one of the greatest musicians ever) have criticized this soulless cash cow remake.

                                                                  • Luiz Antonio Caldeira Falci

                                                                    This movie is CRAP... nothing more than a cashcow! The songs are HORRIBLE and not even Beyoncé can save this trainreck

                                                                    • Brother Trav
                                                                      Brother Trav  1 months back

                                                                      I reckon 1994 lion king audio with the 2019 lion kings visual would have been sooooooooo much better, like a full remaster not a remake. I wasnt a fan of beyonce singing of circle of life. It really sucked for me. Matter of fact even all the talking really sucked. Its like there was no emotion. And most of the songs just irritated me. They do the whole, hold a single note for a long time. Like hakuna matataaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaa

                                                                      • Ronnie Sanders
                                                                        Ronnie Sanders  1 months back

                                                                        Although it was brief and could've been easily missed by most upon first viewing this film, they did hint at how scar got his scar near the beginning of the film. Mufasa roars at him and says "Is that a challenge"?! And scars response is altered from the original by adding one word. He responds with "I wouldnt dream of challenging you... Again". Its not a major change, but i believe this remake is not nearly as emotionless as people make it out to be. I admit its not anywhere close to the original but i do believe it did its job well enough to be praised on as its own work. From what I've experienced, the more you compare remakes to their original counterparts instead of focusing on only the remake you are watching, the less likely you are to enjoy that remake. I just dont compare any movie to its source material until ive watched the movie at least 3 to 5 times, judging it on its own. I did it for this movie and Detective Pikachu. For a better example, I even did this with Dragonball Evolution. Even though i absolutely hated it. And it even made THAT abomination more enjoyable. I just dont compare.

                                                                        • Augusto Oviedo
                                                                          Augusto Oviedo  1 months back

                                                                          It Was beautiful, amazing and stunning, as you say, but the lack of emotion, energy was painful, pretty disappointing

                                                                          • MrFlipperInvader792
                                                                            MrFlipperInvader792  1 months back

                                                                            Remember when Final Fantasy the spirits within came out and the Big Marketing thing was they were going to have the first digital actress

                                                                            • UnifiedCodeTheory
                                                                              UnifiedCodeTheory  1 months back

                                                                              No talking animal cartoon should ever be made live action. It works for cartoons. It does not work in real life. When will people learn this simple arithmetic.

                                                                              • Jon Ngo
                                                                                Jon Ngo  1 months back

                                                                                You had me not watching the movie with the "has no soul" thing.

                                                                                That's why I come here!

                                                                                • Cmac 613
                                                                                  Cmac 613  1 months back

                                                                                  it's a KIDS MOVIE. You are sitting here being critical of a Disney movie like it's a Martin Scorsese film or like you are the target audience. Talking about Aladdin as well. Come on man. Little mermaid next if it comes out? 🤔

                                                                                  • Annamarie Sieberns
                                                                                    Annamarie Sieberns  1 months back

                                                                                    I actually like the live action Aladdin more than the live action Lion King. But, yeah...

                                                                                    • Kadester's movie reviews!

                                                                                      I mean they would make billions of dollars if they played the original videos.

                                                                                      • J.J. L.
                                                                                        J.J. L.  1 months back

                                                                                        The irony is that I enjoyed Aladdin 2019 way more than this.(both are inferior live actions remakes but this one is way worse). I'm quite shocked that Jon Favreau fucked this up. The prologue is way too long and the 2nd half was rushed.

                                                                                        • MICOLE WHYTE#Oneplus6T, A20, LG G6,

                                                                                          Of course this piece of shit Lion King movie was a cash grab, just like every other remake Jurassic Park predator terminators alien and so on and so on.

                                                                                          • Dawood Williams
                                                                                            Dawood Williams  1 months back

                                                                                            I actually loved this film and it's pretty much what i expected.
                                                                                            I expected and wanted the animals to look like real animals.
                                                                                            The only things that is a real let down is Rafiki not having his famous scene with Simba, Mr Pig joke not in and the shortened version of be prepared.
                                                                                            They gave some characters much more depth as well, especially Sarabi, Shenzi and they gave a small yet effective back story to the relationship between Scar, Mufasa and Sarabi and also Mufasa's childhood. which potentially sets up great material for a prequel.

                                                                                            • Claudiu Brumar
                                                                                              Claudiu Brumar  1 months back

                                                                                              the owner of disney said that every story must be keept alive so every 10 years or so they will remake that story ,and i think it's nice

                                                                                              • The Harmattan Soldier
                                                                                                The Harmattan Soldier  1 months back

                                                                                                Be prepared song was the only thing i was looking forward to in the movie and they shortened it!