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    I don't have a lot to say about the movie as a whole but I'm perplexed with the slight change to the "message" of the story. The original Lion King, by my memory, was about owning up to your personal responsibilities; this version takes a more modern approach and gears the themes towards the idea of activism vs. apathy. Simba's problem here isn't just helping the people he loves when he needs them, and facing fear and adversity to do so; in this version, he's also doing some sort of larger moral right by owning up to societal responsibility. Very 2019, right? Regardless of my beliefs, I don't have a problem with that message, as an idea, but I do take issue with it as it's executed herein. There's a scene in this movie, that I don't remember being in the original, in which spoiler. It's supposed to be a funny scene that makes a point about the pitfall of those supposed virtues, but when viewed in reference to the entire movie and applied to the real world, it doesn't make any sense to me. What about all that... y'know, killing? Doesn't that also affect others? Do the lions not live a fairly self-centered version of the circle of life? "Oh, we kill them, but when we die of natural causes and decompose they eat the grass." That idea makes sense in the original movie, but when you try to modernize it in a way that hearkens to climate change and such it falls apart. It feels like a well-intended but shallow and poorly-thought-out re-write.

    Honestly, though, it's a minor issue. I just hadn't heard anyone talk about it. I also had that issue with connection to the characters emotionally, and a few of the shots that are carried over from the cartoon just don't work (the zoom out on Simba in the stampede scene, for one). The improv from the comedians wasn't for me. It does look incredible, and makes me wonder where visual effects end and animation begins, especially in regards to awards. Couldn't this technically go up for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars? Will it? In the words of Marge Simpson, "I guess we'll just have to wait and see."
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    One of the most disappointing films I've seen in a long time.

    As an avid fan of the original, I was more than happy to see a shot-for-shot, line-for-line remake with the updated visuals, but this is not even close to that. The script sounds like it was written by someone who watched the 1994 film a lot in childhood, and tried to just recreate it from memory having not watched or thought about it for a few years. This in itself might not have ruined things, but it appears as though the entire budget was spent on the pretty CGI and Disney just held a contest at a local high school to cast the screenwriter. It is embarrassingly bad, to the point where you could probably tell which Mufasa lines were new from hearing James Earl Jones's awkward delivery of them, compared to those he spoke in the original.

    Changing Scar's relationship with the hyenas, almost entirely cutting "Be Prepared", and casting based on star power rather than ability (see Beyonce, John Oliver and Billy Eichner) were just some of the baffling decisions made here.
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