The Lion King - Movie Review

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  • 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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  • Josh Angevine
    Josh Angevine  15 hours back

    It's almost like watching an animal documentary with commentary, the animals are so realistic in fact they look like real animals they have no life in them or emotion.... it's like watching a rehearsal for a play and the actors are just going over their lines... I was so disappointed watching this movie, and even though it looks fantastic, it just overall wasn't the experience that you would have expected from a classic like this😣ZERO Magic😔

    • Tony Doyle
      Tony Doyle  2 days back

      Correct,Ditto of 1994!!!💯💯💯🤷🏽‍♂️🥂💪🏾🙏🏾✊🏾

      • Rei Heartless
        Rei Heartless  2 days back

        The whole time I felt like I'm watching a documentary, only in this one the animals can speak!

        • Joe Stark
          Joe Stark  2 days back

          This movie was made for one purpose to make $$$.

        • King Taker
          King Taker  3 days back

          They took out the hyena’s saying “”UGLYYYYYY” that’s all I wanted!!!

          • avery baxter
            avery baxter  3 days back

            This remake is criminal, even James earl jones can’t save this movie

            • tysoon363636
              tysoon363636  4 days back

              Spot on again Chris! It is now seating no.7 at the box office of all time, seriously?! HOW? seriously?! Most overrated movie ever!

              • BigPapiJ
                BigPapiJ  4 days back

                THIS MOVIE WAS ASS

                • John Sebastian
                  John Sebastian  4 days back

                  WAIT, wait wait, hold the breaks!!! The voice acting is good?? I thought that was one of the worst aspects of the entire movie and especially Donald Glover is terrible as Simba, making him out to a complete whimp with a much less powerful singing voice than the young Simba.

                  • Homosimius Ratus
                    Homosimius Ratus  5 days back

                    I think it's more about out growing disney movies or any movie you've seen In your childhood. You won't get that same childhood feeling as you once did. And for that every remake of these will suck In comparison.

                    • Michael Ledger
                      Michael Ledger  5 days back

                      Terrible voice acting everything was flat. I didn't even see who was in the movie so the only thing that was a nice touch was a nostalgic chill once I heard Mufasa speak for the first time, after that it was down hill from there. Especially with it being a clone and the actor being 25 years older even HIS lines felt underwhelming. Knowing what was about to be said word for word it felt completely lifeless. Giving Timon a camp voice actor was horrendous, nothing against people's sexuality but I do have a problem with how they speak insinuating that is a feminine voice is an insult to women. Pumba showing that Seth Rogan might be a great guy to smoke with and he might be good in cheap comedies however he is too one dimensional. All I could do was compare what I remember from the original to this remake and other performances from Zazu (Mr Bean) to the other half of Fry (I think that was him, I don't care tbh) every performance from each counterpart in the remake was nauseating and irritating to listen to. This is not even subjective just simple hard facts. I wish it was some sort of bias feeling but other than a one time "oh shit, that's the original mufasa!" I couldn't give a monkeys uncle about defending the original.


                      Now there is no doubt in my mind that Simba from the original was clearly one of the weakest links compared to the other "iconic" characters. So that could only mean that this one would have much better actors for this role. WRONG. the kid sounded like some snot nosed runt that I only ever used to hear in Call of duty games I honestly was glad to see Mufasa pass knowing that his performance was done (Simba's). The older one (Simba) was less annoying but will be even more forgettable than the original which I didn't think was possible.


                      Don't get me started on the pop singer and the hyenas.


                      Ugh what a mess.

                      • michael holt
                        michael holt  5 days back

                        I really, honestly don't understand *why the fuck* they are remaking the good original films!!!! WHY????? JUST WHY????? What's the point? Especially if they are just gonna make it exactly the same? I get it if they are remaking some original films to improve them and fix some problematic scenes for the new generation children, so I actually liked Aladin for that. But remake of Lion King was so pointless. If I have to show Lion King to my children in the future, I'd definitely show them the animated original version, not this new live action version.

                        • JaChamp78
                          JaChamp78  5 days back

                          The movie moved a bit too fast pace in the beginning & feels like they were trying to force a lot of moments. Some parts did feel emotionless, Be Prepared was very underwhelming. The best song of the lion king underwhelming. Rafegee was underwhelming.

                          To me the fight scene was at was good & epic. The movie overall was ok

                          • MrGridStrom
                            MrGridStrom  6 days back

                            I started snoring in the first 10 minutes, this crap was unwatchable.

                            • DragonBallCT
                              DragonBallCT  7 days back

                              You were upset the movie didn’t have anything new, I’m upset it didn’t stick completely to the original movie.

                              • Matthew Mertens
                                Matthew Mertens  1 weeks back

                                They should have just used the exact audio of the original movie and updated the animation in a stylistic way, like Moana.

                                • jeffery smith
                                  jeffery smith  1 weeks back

                                  5:50 that's probably exactly what happened. 🤔

                                  • DaylightSeekers PH
                                    DaylightSeekers PH  1 weeks back

                                    i agree that theres no emotions

                                    • Eduardo B. R.
                                      Eduardo B. R.  1 weeks back

                                      I loved the Game made for the Ps1 / Pc to the original Lion King, i love the original movie, don't ruin my infancy :(

                                      • Eduardo B. R.
                                        Eduardo B. R.  1 weeks back

                                        I agree 100% with this review. And i hate Disney, i love the Disney from the past, the one that died :(

                                        • bree P
                                          bree P  1 weeks back

                                          The ugliest cutest animals possiable love it

                                          • bree P
                                            bree P  1 weeks back

                                            I loved it...........And I come from the original era i love the original and I LOVE IT......

                                            • Carlo
                                              Carlo  1 weeks back

                                              This movie is for children Jesus Christ

                                              • Val Kore
                                                Val Kore  1 weeks back

                                                that shirt!! lol i cackled like a ugly witch!!! and im a dude...to me the movie was neat

                                                • Polo Surf
                                                  Polo Surf  1 weeks back

                                                  This movie lacked all the heart from the original. And that shitty "spirit" song from beyonce fucked up an emotional scene, that bitch pluged that trash song as a requirement to do the voice for Nala and still managed to butcher the character. Simba's voice by that other retard Glover sucked ass, it was like he had a carrot in his ass during his performance. Scar voice was terrible. In general all the voice acting was bad, Erl Jones sounds like he doesn't want to be there. Movie starts frame by frame and then near the end starts doing it's own thing with that, yet again, shitty song from beyonce. If you are going to do a movie frame by frame, then do it frame by frame.

                                                  • Captain Barbossa
                                                    Captain Barbossa  1 weeks back

                                                    The Jungle Book-You can do a remake of that cuz there have already been many Jungle Book movies.
                                                    Cinderella-Yeah there have been many Cinderella films, you can go ahead and do that.
                                                    Maleficient-Yeah sure, twist it up, have the villain be the protagonist, there's many things you can do with that.
                                                    Aladdin-Okay sure, there are things you can do to twist it up to make it feel fresh and somewhat original.
                                                    The Little Mermaid-Hasn't happened yet but it could be a good thing.


                                                    The Lion King????? Really?????? A masterpiece that is already so PERFECT???!!! NOOO!!!!! Like Stuckmann said it should never have been done. It's unnecessary. If I were CEO of Disney, I'd put an end to the whole live-action remakes idea.

                                                    • Robert Lucien
                                                      Robert Lucien  1 weeks back

                                                      “ctrl C ctrl V. There’s your new Lion King.” You’re a god amongst worms, Chris. I salute you

                                                      • Jmd fvr
                                                        Jmd fvr  1 weeks back

                                                        It has to be exactly the same!!! Nothing changes or else we demand a revolution and sentence the responsible to life in a siberian gulag
                                                        Ctrl c, ctrl v

                                                        • Dan Schmatz
                                                          Dan Schmatz  1 weeks back

                                                          I love your show, FUCK YOUR SHIRTS my god........

                                                          • IHug Kittens
                                                            IHug Kittens  1 weeks back

                                                            The animal uncanny valley is now officialy crossed and far behind us. Humans' turn.

                                                            • Juan Paulo Linzagan
                                                              Juan Paulo Linzagan  1 weeks back

                                                              They don't wholly change the movie. It's called RESPECT.

                                                              • emil engen
                                                                emil engen  1 weeks back

                                                                No, it's not live action. It's an animated movie.

                                                                • AsadDon 93
                                                                  AsadDon 93  1 weeks back

                                                                  Id rate it a B Besides Beyonce's song and few other things

                                                                  • AsadDon 93
                                                                    AsadDon 93  1 weeks back

                                                                    Money ?? $1.6 billion

                                                                    • AsadDon 93
                                                                      AsadDon 93  1 weeks back

                                                                      Nice review

                                                                      • AsadDon 93
                                                                        AsadDon 93  1 weeks back

                                                                        Mulan would be great to see

                                                                        • AsadDon 93
                                                                          AsadDon 93  1 weeks back

                                                                          Ioved the movie but always will love the animated movie ❤

                                                                          • AsadDon 93
                                                                            AsadDon 93  1 weeks back

                                                                            I liked it for what it was just didnt like beyonce's song

                                                                            • Shanimation
                                                                              Shanimation  1 weeks back

                                                                              Disney: Lets remake
                                                                              Fans: previous one is already better
                                                                              Disney : Hakuna Matata

                                                                              • Random Dong〽
                                                                                Random Dong〽  2 weeks back

                                                                                I feel like everything was rushed ,
                                                                                Especially with pumba, timmone and Simba like no character development like the 90s one

                                                                                • Marion Hinzman
                                                                                  Marion Hinzman  2 weeks back

                                                                                  I wrote all of this while watching the movie.

                                                                                  The animation looks great but I don’t like the motion and movement of the characters aka animals. I also thought that even though the voice acting is fine, the voices don’t match what I am seeing on screen. I mean the mouth of the animals line up with the voices but the emotion in the voices is not there. I even thought this way with James Earl Jones. I mentioned that the motion of the animals was not something I liked and it’s because I can see how computer perfect and unnatural it looks when all of the characters move. Another thing I’ve noticed is that when the characters or talking, it’s very difficult forcing myself to actively noticed the mouth movement. One of the reasons for that is because, I said this before, even though the movement of the mouth lines up with the voices it just doesn’t fit having those voices coming out of those characters that I am seeing on the seeing. I have an easier time watching the Ip Man trilogy with English dubbing than I did watching Lion King. That’s important because with English dubbing in the Ip Man trilogy, the voices don’t line up with the mouth ever. I was incredibly disappointed with James Earl Jones because he sounded bored and uninterested and the kid voicing Simba in the beginning, his voice never matched the emoting of any of his scenes that he was in. John Oliver is over acting all of his scenes way to much. I also want to add in that several of the Mufasa lines don’t even sound like James Earl Jones and that’s super distracting. The three biggest problems I had with this movie are the emotionless characters both voice and visual. The motion of the characters is weird, and also the musical score seemed to have low volume compared to the rest of the sounds in the movie. I mean I could barley even hear the score in this movie. As great as these character models look in the movie, I really wish they would have been more faithful to the original character designs and I wish they would have had more facial expression as well. I don’t care for the few VR headset shots. J.T.T. Had a voice and performance that matched simba much better than the kid is this movie. Timon and Pumba are not nearly as likable or charming as the original movie and there comedy timeline was not only off with the comedy but also off with each other as well and that made what should have been funny feel rushed and I’m oddly spaced. I can also tell when they added a lot of bass to James Earl Jones voice as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor’s voice. It’s just weird because my mind is immediately drawn to the fact that they did actually add incredibly noticeable amounts of base to both voices in some of the parts. Oh and Donald Glover has noticeable bass added to his voice in some of his lines. It’s weird how Beyoncé sounds closer to the original voice actor than James Earl Jones, and he literally is the original voice actor. Aesthetically, some of the camel movements in the movie are very unpleasant. I will say that there were very few moments that I actually laughed during the movie and I also want to mention that with Timon and Pumba, Seth Rogen was clearly better than Billy Eichner. Not giving Rafiki his stick which was a prominent part of his character in the original movie was a huge mistake took a lot of charm and charisma away from the character as a whole. It also took away from that moment when Simba gets smacked on the head with the stick and Rafiki says it doesn’t matter because it’s in the past. Because I know the original animated movies so well, it’s weird when I know what the line that a character is supposed to say should be but then they say something else. It’s also weird when they leave a little parts like when Simba gets mad and starts yelling up at the sky and says “You said you would always be there for me, but you’re not” but that part was not even in the movie which made Mufasa coming out of the clouds seem very abrupt. Some of the score was changed way to much and because of that it doesn’t fit as well as the original. Yo that flashback was completely unexpected. They really just had a line about fat charming and fat acceptance in here. Oh, so Rafiki did eventually get his staff. I feel tlike they where speeding through a lot of the scenes. I have noticed that as the movie went on, the motion of movement of the animals and characters did get better and less point to point or computerized. So that’s a positive about the movie. I’m not that big on the self-aware moments of the movie especially when tomorrow in Houma literally started to sing the beginning of the song be our guest from beauty and the beast. I really hated the way they retcon Rafiki getting his staff. I hate the fact that they never actually visualize Mufasa in the cloud but rather they only would have his voice only. I really don’t care for any of the new music that they added to the movie. I want to say that Seth Rogen gave a better performance in the movie sausage party. I want to say that Donald Glover gave a better performance in the movie Solo A Star Wars Story. I should not be saying that but I am. My brother and his wife took Keirstin a.k.a. my nephew to go see this movie in the theater and they said he was bored and uninterested. That’s also considering that he absolutely loves the original animated film. This movie was such a huge disappointment. There was one point where they show a hippopotamus coming out of the water and I hated the animation on the water in that moment.

                                                                                  So that’s my thoughts on the movie. If you took the time to read this all the way through, thank you very much. These are literally all the thoughts I had while watching the movie because I literally wrote all this while watching the movie. Thank you.

                                                                                  • Kael Griffis
                                                                                    Kael Griffis  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Disney is fucking everything up.. I won't watch them butcher lion king

                                                                                    • Jeffrey Chen
                                                                                      Jeffrey Chen  2 weeks back

                                                                                      The exact same movie with much much less emotion because realistic animal models can't make expressions at all. Action is much more stale as well because of the limitations of the realistic setting.

                                                                                      • Paul G
                                                                                        Paul G  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Just finished this. It's like Planet Earth documentary was dubbed with the lion king. In first 10 minutes or so, I felt really weird. Like watching circus animals do unseen puppeteers bidding and tricks. Of course in all major I had goosebumps, but all because of the memory and nostalgia for the original. I just don't understand, what is the point in tediously recreating real animals, when you can just film the real deal and watch a documentary. Animation is such an amazing tool for creation of something new, original, something that doesn't exist. Completely pointless. 1.5 billion pointless.

                                                                                        • Brown Kenazi
                                                                                          Brown Kenazi  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Beyonce’s voice over/acting skills were weak and stiff as hell

                                                                                          • ALX
                                                                                            ALX  2 weeks back

                                                                                            I completely agree with the soulness. The lines were a bit rushed and no emphasis on the words and scenes that really mattered! Like rafiki when he found out that simba is alive or when he showed simba that mufasa was alive. Those scenes were better done in the original than this remake. All seemed automatic.

                                                                                            • kuikai kui
                                                                                              kuikai kui  2 weeks back

                                                                                              i just felt like wanting to watch the old movie while watching this. also the hyena's where bad compared to the old movie. hey but pretty it was

                                                                                              • WhySoSerious?
                                                                                                WhySoSerious?  2 weeks back

                                                                                                Another thing to point out is the singing. Sure, they showed how vocally talented they were, but there's something about songs that sound so much better when sang in the standard/simple tune. Beyonce and the others used vocal riffs(IKD what it's called) and it didn't really work well with the songs. They kinda lost the sincerity of what they were singing.
                                                                                                I know these people were cast for their big names and their singing ability, but to me they didn't deliver. Even their voice acting was off. I think Chiwetel did best here. Not as good as Jeremy, but compared to the other voice actors, he did best.
                                                                                                Spot on review as usual Chris!