The Lion King – Movie Review

The Lion King – Movie Review

Chris Stuckmann reviews The Lion King (2019), starring Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, John Oliver, John Kani, Seth Rogan, Billy Eichner. Directed by Jon Favreau.

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72 Responses

  1. Novapoid says:

    Chris’ mental breakdown at the end laughing while actually being concerned for the future of film is the highlight of this review.

  2. ghostface320 says:

    The soulessness you speak of…applies to all these live action remakes, none of them have rewatchability

    • B P says:

      The Jungle Book(Jon Favreau’s other remake) is pretty great, I’ve rewatched it a few times, and found things to appreciate more. Which will probably make me more disappointed when I see this one, and don’t really care for it.

    • Doug says:

      The only one I enjoyed is 101 Dalmatians (1996). All the others are crap.

    • MrKangorilla says:

      When you group all of something together, that’s an instant ticket to overlooking outliers and being wrong. Jungle book, Alladin and Maleficent have plenty of replay value.

    • Love the Blue! says:

      Our family adored the “Cinderella” and “Jungle Book” remakes. We were split on “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”. In each case, though, we were excited to have the opportunity to revisit these classics with modern movie techniques. So, yeah, Disney knows what they’re doing …

    • Harvin Dhillon says:

      Godzilla KotM is very rewatchable, and there is a soul in it

  3. Ashwin Rao says:

    Can you feel the love today

  4. Jason Willis says:

    Let’s add a half hour to the movie but take out “Be Prepared”

  5. Fire_Element says:

    The animation in the animals faces in MOWGLI was fantastic. Wish they went that route.

  6. VoidedMirror says:

    They took the original and removed all the color, expression, and personality.

  7. JimboJason says:

    I feel like the 2016 Jungle Book was the best live action/CG remake I’ve seen in a long time.

  8. KillerTacos says:

    Can’t say I wasn’t expecting the outcome of this lazy remake.

  9. Dan M says:

    You’re the only movie reviewer left with his head screwed on!
    Thank you for calling out all the cheap horror movies and transparent money grabbing remakes.

  10. Some One 愛 says:

    *Mufasa in the clouds: “You must avenge my death Kimba, I mean Simba”*

    • John Gucciterrez says:

      @Nautilus I didn’t know that, I haven’t watched The Simpsons in a while.

    • John Gucciterrez says:

      @KnowYourHistory I didn’t either, I thought the Lion King was the only “Lion-Hamlet” film in existence prior to learning about Kimba a few years ago.

    • Tumi Mamabolo says:

      Laaawl the shade

    • John Gucciterrez says:

      @Grace Dupre Wow. That’s actually really unfortunate. Bad timing I guess.

    • Grace Dupre says:

      John Gucciterrez I wanna say it doubled down because of Atlantis being released and its having similarities to “Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water” or something (and weirdly not Castle in the Sky?), too. But it was a while ago…but on the plus side the Kimba resurgence got Kimba some attention, I suppose!

  11. da gingerbread boi says:

    What woulda REALLY been interesting would be if they would incorporated elements/characters of the sequels or played around with the surprisingly deep lore of the lion king.

  12. margareth michelina says:

    Y’all wanna see Lions with emotions? Watch Narnia, Aslan the Lion was way more expressive.

    • Dan Skyder says:

      TyCena Royalty just FYI it would be the quality of the cgi that is older, unless we’re talking digital cameras, film has been super high quality for decades and decades 🙂

    • TyCena Royalty says:

      Dan Skyder sorry I means cgi for like fantasy, action movies

    • Kristine Silmaro says:

      Yup. I mean, I don’t understand how CGI animated lions are expressing LESS emotion than a lion that was in a film made almost 15 years ago (albeit, Narnia is pretty great though…)

    • Dan Skyder says:

      TyCena Royalty you’re good bro, just technicalities

  13. ekahnoman says:

    I assume they removed the goose-stepping hyenas during “Be Prepared”.
    Because… Of course they did. I mean, like, literally Hitler.

    • Eric Russell says:

      You mean when the animals literally March in sequence?

    • Spiffy Gonzales says:

      Yup. And if it at all resembles Hitler its gotta go. Unless we need to make a villain look bad.

      Unless of course they did it in the past… To make the villain look bad. But it has feel to it therefore its bad.

  14. foolish ambassador says:

    “The Lion King 2019 was… The Lion King”

    -Chris Stuckmann, 2019

  15. Weird Viking says:

    Remakes are for bad movies to improve. Not make a mirrorimage of a classic. Disney has no soul $$

    • Leilani Dru says:

      Willie Stroker ?? how is their political affiliation relevant? And u sound like u we’re gonna pirate it anyways. And if you wanna be consistent you might as well live under a rock because most of what you consume as far as film, corporations etc have the opposite political affiliation from you.

    • nick says:

      Weird Viking I heavily disagree. Just look at the suspiria remake, not necessarily an improvement just different, but both are great in their own right

    • CartoonishIdealism says:

      Obviously. Disney is a corporation. No matter how they advertise their company, their goal is to make money.

      And live action remakes make money.

    • Chris Walker says:

      Lion King is one of Disney’s wort films. Even Disney thought it would be a flop. A spoiled brat who didn’t listen to his father and got him killed. Then he meets up with some losers where he is taught play and be lazy. Then he tries to hook-up with his old crush, lucks out beating the bad guy and then takes over the kingdom, still being a punk douche. For what ever reason it caught on, probably the bad Elton John song. It is odd how bad/average movies sometimes catch on, Magic Mike, Meet the Parents, Avatar, Fifty Shades of Grey, Titanic, Crocodile Dundee, and As Good as It Gets.

    • Weird Viking says:

      @nick yes true if you find a fresh viewpoint it can make it interesting. But not shot for shot live action remakes. We the moviegoers are eating up this garbage. They will continue to sell garbage then.

  16. Adam B says:

    10-20 years from now we’ll see a “live action” remake of Toy Story…

  17. John Riddlebaugh says:

    Disney should make a live action remake of THE BLACK CAULDRON.

    • realar says:

      Now THAT I would watch.

    • CountOrlok22 says:

      They sort of are. It’s been in the works for a while. “The Black Cauldron” is loosely, I mean very fuckin’ loosely, based on two books in Lloyd Alexander’s “The Chronicles of Prydain” series. Namely “The Book of Three” and “The Black Cauldron”. That 1985 animated film not only was controversial with parents for its more serious tone, divisive among critics because of its two-dimensional characters, and a flop at the box office, but it also wasn’t a good adaptation of Alexander’s wonderful books. Disney wants to revisit “The Chronicles of Prydain” in live-action form and re-purchased the rights to do so a few years back. So… you will eventually see a live-action film called “The Black Cauldron”, but, in all likelihood, it will be more of a secondary adaptation of the source material than a true remake of the 1985 film.

    • Spiffy Gonzales says:

      They never EVER would. Remember the skull king getting his flesh ripped off? NO WAY. NO WAY would Disney allow that.

    • realar says:

      @Spiffy Gonzales PG-13, you’re welcome.

    • Spiffy Gonzales says:

      @realar makes me sad

  18. SpyengoEen says:

    “Why? What’s the point?”
    That was verbatim the sales pitch for every Disney live action remake.

  19. Rocco FX says:

    Actually in the trailers, Lions look so boring…. when scar talks… he barely moves his mouth…. i agree with ths review 100%

  20. Cory K says:

    All these live action remakes don’t hold a candle to the originals and honestly just feel forgettable to me.

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