The Lion King - Disney Films Project
You may have thought we abandoned our Disney films project, but we are back with a new review and excited to share it here!
What better way to jump back in the Disney canon than by watching one of the all-time greats? I mean, it’s THE LION KING and it really is a masterpiece. One of my favorite things about this time in Disney’s film history is that movies like Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King really focused on the story just as much as anything else. Sure, the animation is great and the voice actors & soundtracks are incredible, but the story really gets you - especially for this one. It feels Shakespearean in tone and I’m sure that has a lot to do with it the framing borrowed directly from Hamlet. The characters are epic with Mufasa played by James Freaking Earl Jones and Jeremy Irons as Scar. Matthew Broderick has a great voice for a laid-back Hakuna Matata young adult Simba and the supporting cast is all very good as well. It’s hard to beat this cast.
While the animation isn’t on par with what the studio is doing today, it was quite advanced for the early nineties and scenes like the wildebeest stampede still take my breath away. I’m glad we have a home theater screen so we could experience this movie as it was meant to be seen. The first time I saw it was actually in a drive-in movie theater so that is kind of a fun memory to think back on.
The film is not perfect, but it’s pretty close. I’m going to give it 10 of out 10 Mickey heads.
Second Opinion with Alex Nelson
I don’t know how many of you expected to see one of these again. It’s been a while. You maybe might have thought we ran out of steam.
You’re just going to criticize me if I don’t give this a perfect score, I can feel it.
Who are you?
Your inner monologue. Now, what was the reason you started this project?
To provide a comprehensive review series?
You thought it sounded FUN. That’s the reason. And when reviewing got more public, you froze up.
And what, I’m supposed to face my past? Isn’t that the moral of the movie?
Now you want to point out that Simba didn’t overcome that on his own, but that’s not how it works. It never was. He has friends.
And I also have friends.
And that’s all you can ask sometimes, ok? So just make the best review YOU can make. Let it be your voice that’s heard here, like a king reclaiming his kingdom.
The film is a great story, all around. Good music, supporting characters are on point, I can’t really think of a complaint with this one.
…And at this point, I’m realizing just how hard it is to write a review off the top of my head. See, what I saw on screen is good, but also seemed to go by a bit quickly for me.
I’ve never had a film go this fast, and I can’t argue for or ask for support on anything, cause the whole thing is just well acclaimed.
I usually praise actors, right? Thing is, everyone nails their role so perfectly that I can’t exactly pinpoint anyone specific. I guess the actors for Timon and Pumbaa deserve more credit, and it’s a testimony to James Earl Jones that Mufasa is so iconic a role, despite his short screen time.
…I can’t praise Scar. He’s doing great, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I’ve seen this before. Jafar is Just SO good as a villain that some of the stuff Scar is doing seems similar. Though props here: This is the better realized edition of what King John presented. Loyal goons, evil plans, even a sense of obsession of being better than Mufasa. So that’s… something.
Ok, the real thing about this film? It looks beautiful. It’s no Sleeping Beauty, but it looks sustainable enough to have everything going its way. You never look at the film and want for backgrounds. Even the desolate parts have their own sense of character.
And the relationship between Nala and Simba is beautiful, both when they’re cubs, and when they’re grown up. Lesser kid actors would make this problematic, but everyone involved pitched in and made a good performance.
The film almost feels like a circle of life itself. We even end about where we began in the story, with a new cub being raised in the air and everything.
So I don’t know how many of you expected to see one of these again, but it’s good to be back. I give this film 8 out of 10 mickey heads.
Now, next review is…Pocahontas? This film doesn’t have a perfect reputation. This next review should be good!