As always, love your reviews. While I do love many of those 90’s remakes - I totally agree with what you are saying as well! I don’t like the new songs in the live action stuff. (Only exception would be that one song they had Jasmine do). I can’t wait to see this!
Coaster Count - OMG...I completely lost count... How do you all do it? Man, I really need to update my Photo TR from last year!! >:O 2012 - SoCal and everything I can cram into the week! 2013 - Back to Orlando!
robbalvey wrote:I also was wondering if the "photo realistic" look of the movie would be a distraction, but it really wasn't at all. The fact that they didn't use "real animals" and lay voice overs on top of them worked so well. In the first five minutes of the film with that opening sequence that EVERYONE knows, you're drawn in and everything "just works."
I'm really hoping this re-make blows all the rest of them out of the water at the box office and makes Disney realize "huh...maybe we don't need to be 're-making' these films as live action or telling a different version of the story, but instead just updating our already beloved classics to today's technology."
It is almost like Jon Favreau and his team took Mufasa's advice... "Remember who you are... remember."
Bravo for this new "ANIMALATED" film! May it be the first of many!
I heard one of my favorites from the broadway 'He Lives in You' is on the soundtrack, did they add it to the film? I get the feeling it might have been put in as a credits song considering its album placement though.
Garet wrote:I heard one of my favorites from the broadway 'He Lives in You' is on the soundtrack, did they add it to the film? I get the feeling it might have been put in as a credits song considering its album placement though.
It was not in the main film, no. There are no new songs in the movie. There are some in the credits. Not sure which those were though.
I'll never understand the critics as long as I live. I feel like they have to be the most pretentious people on the planet. I can usually tell when the critics are going to like a movie because I walk out of the theater thinking it was super weird and not really liking it. As soon as we walked out of Dunkirk a few years ago I said to Brit, "That was weird and it sucked, it's going to win a ton of awards" and... yup.
If there's a movie that kills it at the box office, they absolutely have to bitch about it to show how refined their tastes are. For added fun, if a move is a flat-out steaming pile of garbage they have to inflate it more than they should to show us that there's some creative genious that we're apparently missing. This has the EXACT same score on Rotten Tomatoes as the new Aladdin movie which was brutally bad. That movie gave me douche chills on multiple occasions and it was so bad that it actually made me concerned for this one.
Anyway, I’d say something about spoilers but it’s the Lion King and you’ve all seen it.
Spoiler: Mufasa dies
Anyway, that movie was amazing. I’d have to work REALLY hard to come up with a single critique.
The original is obviously timeless and an impossible standard, but this movie is great. The jokes are all updated (and funny) and they play off of the fact that they know everyone in the theater has seen the movie before and they use that to make you laugh.
If you go scene by scene and compare everything to the original then you can find things to pick apart if you insist on doing that for some reason (see: “Be Prepared”) and the songs are all probably a little better in the original (but they’re still great in this one) but on it’s own this is a masterpiece and everyone needs to go watch it.
^ Yeah I’ll never understand critics either. It’s like with Marry Popinns Returns. The critics hated it while everyone else loved it. In fact I just watched a critic do a review of the Lion King and sure enough he hated the movie. He even called it THE worst Disney live action remake. That’s right he said this was worst remake of them all. Unfortunately this one of critics I have respect for and follow more than the rest cause he happens to be the Nostalgia Critic. Yeah Doug Walker for some reason doesn’t seem to like any of the Disney live action remakes. From Alice in Wonderland to the Lion King.
I like him, I respect his opinion. I just watched a little of it and I feel like we weren’t watching the same movie.
This whole “lions can’t emote” and uncanny valley bullshit is a ridiculous complaint that I’ve seen a lot today and it feels really nitpicky. I feel like most of the people complaining about “uncanny valley” just heard the term for the first time like three days ago and had to Google it and suddenly they’re movie purists and animation experts. There’s a ton of emotion in this movie which is impressive considering we’ve all seen the original and we all know what’s coming.
I mean, people are going to have different opinions and I often disagree with the concensus on movies. People are allowed to think what they want. That said, many criticisms just seem like they’re coming from people who went in wanting to hate it because they either love the original and feel like they need to somehow defend it, they hate the fact that Disney is going through and re-making everything so god forbid they actually enjoy one of them or they know everyone is going to love it so they just absolutely have to be different.
The original is better. Of course it’s better. That said, I was blown away by this movie. The artwork was ridiculous and it really brought it to life in an amazing new way.
In their defense, I’ll say this... amazing graphics usually win me over. For example, I loved Avatar. When Disney was building Pandora and everyone was like “I’ve never seen Avatar, nobody cares about Avatar, why are they doing this?” I was reading those comments and thinking “Avatar was my sh*t! What are these people talking about?” so maybe that’s part of the reason why I liked it so much. I don’t know though... this was a really good movie.
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