I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about seeing another live-action Disney remake, even though the last one turned out better than I expected
. And I was especially apprehensive because a) I like the original Lion King better than the original Aladdin; and b) there were a TON of bad reviews for this one. But I have a rule about not dissing movies I haven’t seen, so off to the theater I went.
THE LION KING is, like all the other remakes, not “necessary.” For much of the runtime, it is an unoriginal, inferior copy of the 1994 classic. And most of the dialogue scenes fall flat because the characters are far less emotive than their animated counterparts.
However: Did I have a good time at the movies on Thursday night? Yeah, I did! The non-talky bits are gorgeous to look at, the songs are still catchy as hell, and Billy Eichner is a superior, scene-stealing Timon. Even though my skepticism was justified, I’m glad I saw this movie.
Not that anyone asked, but here’s my ranking of the live-action Disney remakes that I’ve seen:
- The Lion King
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Jungle Book
- 101 Dalmatians (are we counting this one?)