The Movie: 10/10
Come on, it’s The Lion King but real life, but not REAL real life, CGI life and it’s awesome. I think if you are reading this review to find out if this movie is good or not, well, is anyone doing that? This is a story told by Disney now a few times, no surprises. It’s a tale as old as time, oh wait, that’s a different one. Well, it’s Shakespearean royalty drama and sibling rivalry and destiny fulfilling and love and loyalty and the meaning of life kind of stuff. Really? You haven’t seen it yet? Hmmm I wonder about you folks sometimes.
Simba is born, son of the king of the lions. His uncle is a jerk. He runs away and meets a prairie dog and a wild boar, ring a bell? Are you sure you haven’t already watched a Lion King of some kind? I mean, it’s even been a musical play that’s traveled around the world. No?
This movie is amazing. It’s beautiful and the music is excellent. The voices are just right. The drama and comedy mix is balanced with just enough finesse so we forget the actual horror that’s taking place. Jerk uncle, dead father, lonely young lion cub, tyrannical leader destroying the life of all the animals, yea, there’s more adult themes in this movie than you can shake a kid at, and yet it’s not offensive or too awful gritty.
I can’t say much about the CGI. It’s incredible. Watch it and decide for yourself, but trust me on this, you will not find much fault and you will be sucked into this “real” world within about 2 seconds. I was wide eyed and saying, “Wow” before the opening sequence was over. I settled in and just enjoyed the whole adventure. There are no surprises, no changes in the story, no new twists or turns. It’s the good’ol Lion King, and that’s fine with me.
I’m not an advocate to keep making the same movies over and over. I like new stuff. That being said, if you can remake an excellent movie, animated or live action, and make it as good as the original, I’m in. I can watch both and be perfectly happy.
If you want to have an epic afternoon, crawl in your comfy chair, get a blanket, some tissues, and a big yummy beverage and watch The Lion King, this Lion King. It’s worth the remake.
- Director Jon Favreau Intro (1 Minute)
- Audio Commentary By Jon Favreau
- Sing Along With The Movie – Karaoke lyrics that play over the movie.
- The Journey To The Lion King (60 Minutes) – A great three part feature that covers all aspects of the production.
- More To Be Scene (11 Minutes) – Concept art and storyboards are explored.
- Music Videos (8 Minutes) – Spirit by Beyonce and Never Too Late by Elton John.
- Song Selection – Chapter selections to skip right to the songs of the film.
- Protect The Pride (3 Minutes) – A public service announcement to save the lions.
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 10/10
Photographed in 6K the Lion King looks amazing in both its 4K and 1080P versions which are included in this set. The level of clarity on this disc is staggering and UHD fans will not be dissapointed in the slightest. Black levels are precise and the HDR used on the animals fur looks spectacular.
The Dolby Atmos track here comes from every angle and matches the theatrical presentation. Disney have been mixing tracks a little low recently and when I play them at my normal listening position they seem to lack punch but crank it up a few notches and it all comes alive. Dialog is clear and centralized nothing to complain about here.
Overall Score 10/10