Now, if you aren't up with the times, you may be shouting at your computer screen, "Jordan! Why are you reviewing an old movie?! Why arent you reviewing Abduction with Taylor Lautner that just came out this week?!"
a) The Lion King was recently re-released in Disney Digital 3D across the world to great success (it has gotten #1 in the U.S. box office two weekends in a row now).
b) Why on earth would I see Abduction? Taylor Lautner cannot act. At all. The Lion King owns Taylor Lautner.
|I chuckled when I saw these, so I thought I should include them|
|As if lions could look any cooler|
I also think that the movie's biggest strength, along with the originality and the music, is the characters. The names Mufasa, Simba, Scar, Timon, and Pumba are known worldwide...there are very few films that nearly the entire cast is etched into history. Mufasa, voiced perfectly by James Earl Jones (who also has the iconic character of Darth Vader under his belt), is possibly the wisest on-screen father ever created. Every line he delivers is important and demands attention.
|"Remember Who You Are" cue tears...|
Simba is voiced well both at a young age and as an adult, although I must admit I was kind of taken aback when I recognized Matthew Broderick's coming out of his mouth. But Simba is a character that we become attached to and we all cheer for, especially once he returns to the Pride Lands to take it back from Scar. And then of course, there is Scar. I now remember why he was my favorite villain when I was little (most likely worrying my parents that I liked the villain at such a young age). He comes across as a weak brother to Mufasa, but there are two particular instances in the film that solidify his place in the Hall of Villains.
To Mufasa as he clings on for his life,
"Long. Live. The. King!"
and whispering in Simba's ear as he dangles from Pride Rock
"I killed Muuufasssa."
Just rethinking of those lines sends chills down my spine. Jeremy Irons, the actor who voiced Scar must have practiced those two lines a hundred times, or either he did not know how iconic they would become.
|"Long Live the King" touche Scar, touche|
|An epic, epic final fight scene|
Clearly, the movie is, as I said before, an instant classic. It was ahead of its time and will be marked as Disney's masterpiece. Both children and adults alike fell in love with the movie, and based on the box office results, they are still in love with it. So really, all that is left to say is:
LONG LIVE THE LION KING
- Where to start? Fantastic characters, most of which are permanently etched in cinema history
- Great animation and scenery throughout. Very colorful
- A simple, but yet powerful story that evokes emotion from both young and old
- The music. There is a reason that a musical was made based on the movie
- So many memorable scenes: Rafiki's baptism, the stampede, hakuna matata, "Remember Who You Are", final fight scene, Simba roaring at the top of Pride Rock...the whole movie is memorable
- Some cheesy dialogue, but come on. Its a kid's film. You have to be literal
- "Be Prepared" song with Scar and the hyenas is weak compared to the rest of the songs
- I am scared that with the success of this re-release that Disney is going to start re-releasing all of its classics. And honestly, out of all of them, the only other one that I would pay to go see is Aladdin
Rath's Review Score: 10/10 -- Instant Classic