LION KING 2019 THOUGHTS

I am seeing the Lion King tomorrow for opening night. I am really looking
forward to the movie, but having said that, I do have some hesitations. I grew up
with the Lion King. The animated one in 1994. This is the one I will always see as
the Lion King. The casting with James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Jeremy Irons,
Matthew Broderick, and Rowan Atkinson is classic Disney! Why change it? Now I
am happy they brought back James Earl Jones as Mufasa for the 2019 movie. At
least there’s a bit of familiarity there. I do really like some of the choices they
made for some of the characters. Like Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. He seems perfect for
the role of a fat, gassy pig! I do think I will like the original better, as is often the
case. But I will reserve judgement until I see the movie. The animation in the 2019
looks phenomenal! Although I am not even sure I can call it an “animated” movie;
it looks more like lifelike CGI than anything. I hope it isn’t a shot-for-shot of the
1994 movie. I feel that would be a huge insult. I would like Jon Favreau to put his
own spin on this classic, kind of like the new Jungle Book movie. If he can do with
Lion King what he did for Jungle Book, I will be more than happy! I do think
Disney should have left Lion King alone the way it was, but I see why they would
want to “reimagine” it. The reviews are kind of “meh” for the remake and I think
part of that might be nostalgia. People remember the 1994 movie and how perfect
it was and are comparing it to the remake. Of course they are going to do that. It’s
the same movie, just a different person directing it. I will probably do the same
honestly. I feel the classic Disney films from my youth are just that…classics.
Movies like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Jungle Book, and now Lion King are
flawless! They are just fun movie to watch and are timeless! That’s the magic of
Disney. They transcend time and appeal to families for generations to come. So am
I looking forward to Lion King 2019? Yes! I am seeing it with my mom and I used
to watch the Lion King with her and my dad growing up. Lion King, to this day, is
still among my favorite movies ever. The songs, the carefree attitude of Timon and
Pumbaa, Scar’s evil persuasive nature, Mufasa’s words of wisdom to young
Simba, and Rafiki just being Rafiki are timeless memories I grew up with. Oh
yeah…and who could forget Timon dressing in drag and dancing the hula? So
those are my thoughts on the new Lion King. I will have a review of it when I see
it so stay tuned for that. As always thanks for reading!
-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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