‘Lion King’ is fun but adds nothing to original

Newest film in live action lineups offers photorealism, but not much else this time



The original Lion King captured so many hearts that it would be difficult to imagine a way to top it, but this live action remake definitely falls short.

ROOS HELGESEN, Evergreen columnist

Oh my god is that a real lion?

The live-action remake of the Lion King has top of the line animation, creating a second per second photorealistic world that looks almost better than reality.

Is it really a live-action remake?

It’s totally not live action — it’s animated.

The king himself returns, James Earl Jones, resuming his role as Mufasa. Seth Rogan plays Pumba.

Boy, was it nostalgic hearing Jones play the part. It brought me back to the time when I first watched the original movie. And Rogan’s laugh captured in a warthog’s body is beautiful. It’s definitely worth the watch just for that alone.

Director John Favreau brings the classic story alive, replicating the original scene-for-scene, in all its beautiful animated glory.

However, this was also the movie’s biggest weakness is the lack of an original spin on the classic. When I say everything is the same, I mean everything. Shot-for-shot, this is the same movie except it’s photorealistic.

It is an amazing movie if you are okay with re-watching a revamped version of the original, but if you’re looking for something new, you’re out of luck. I mean most people in that sense will just watch the original instead.

I think Favreau could not change the movie for fear of a massive backlash.

So, what was the point of making the movie?

By creating a photorealistic world, you can no longer see the emotions the original movie had.

The biggest problem with the movie is that the song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” is set in the daytime.

This is an outrage.

I would recommend this movie to people who want to see a photorealistic Lion King, but we’re all just going to go and watch the original instead.

The Lion King will play at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, and at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the CUB Auditorium.