Hi guys, I had seen the live-action reboot of the Lion King and here is my review on this all-time classic that we grew up with. Then, I will write a comparison article on both versions.
Okay, I am very impressed that the majority of the film is left untouched. Except that a couple of scenes are relatively new that were not seen in the 1994 animated feature, which also includes character developments for both Nala and Sarabi at the Pride Rock after Simba was expelled.
But, I was a little disappointed that a couple of scenes were shortened and rush. But on the other hand, they did not want to be an extra minute long, if you know what I mean!
Finally, I was really surprise that both Timon and Pumbaa sang Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast. I was expecting them to do the Hula Dance, but I guess that they want to try something different for the reboot especially.
I am very happy that Nala has more screen time in a contrast to her namesake animated counterpart. I like how she sneaks out of Pride Rock to search for help and finds Simba along the way unexpectedly, who is actually alive.
The same can be said for both Scar and Sarabi, especially that they have more interactions with one another. But this Scar is more vicious than his animated version. Mufasa still remains the same here though, and I am not really taken aback by these 2 characters in the reboot at all!
Thirdly, there were more hyenas in a contrast to the animated version. Especially when we first introduce to them. Shenzi has more lines and is seen to be the leader of the gang who wants revenge against Mufasa.
Finally, this version of Timon and Pumbaa are both way funnier than their animated counterpart. Though I sort of miss both Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella who voiced both characters in the 1994 animated version.
The Songs & The Musical Scores
We get to hear the familiar musical scores and the songs composed by Hans Zimmer and Elton John respectively, with lyrics by Tim Rice.
But there is two new songs that were written specially for this reboot, when Simba goes back to the Pride Rock after finding out who he is with Rafiki's help.
The second song was written by Elton John himself, which appeared at the ending credits.
Finally, Beyonce Knowles sang a wonderful rendition of "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" with Donald Glover. In fact, this is the best rendition alongside the original version!
Every-time I see this movie, I think of its picturesque African scenery. The scenery in this reboot left me breathless, much better than the animated version!
The Circle of Life
So, here is my review on the highest grossing film that capture everybody's heart. Tell me what do you think in the comments! Next stop, the comparison!
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