The Lion King
The Lion King (2019)

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The King has Returned. 2019/7/12 118 min.


The relationship between Simba and King Mufasa, the exile of the small protagonist dominated by guilt after the death of his father, the encounter with the dear Pumba and Timon, the love story with Nala and the recovery of the throne held by the ruthless Scar In alliance with the sinister hyenas they make up the story of decay, redemption and return with glory of The Lion King, this authentic classic of animated cinema, which later had a celebrated musical version on Broadway.

This time, with the avalanche of CGI live-action movie remakes of the most beloved classics of Disney, like we've seen with The Jungle Book, Aladdin, Dumbo, etc, we get to see The Lion King as if it were a National Geographic documental, with special effects that will leave you impressed, so much that at some point much people argue that it takes magic from the animated movie in terms of the expressions and possibilities that the fact of being so true to reality takes away from the movie, but you have to watch it now to judge by yourself.

A quarter of a century later, and in the midst of the wave of live-action remakes that Disney is producing from its popular animated films, Jon Favreau (responsible for the new installment of The Jungle Book) directed this feature film that tells, basically, the same story (although the duration went from 88 minutes of 1994 to the current 118), but with the blessings (or curses) of modern technology, it lets us see that nowadays the possibilities for making a movie are truly infinite.

However, something difficult to explain in words and that has to do with intangible issues such as magic and feelings has been lost in this operation of artistic recycling, as we've told you before. Let's be precise: the brand new The Lion King is still an animated film because what is done here is to build a real-looking universe of moving animals on the computer that is not such since everything is a product of the tireless (and fascinating ) work of visual artists.

The sensation of naturalistic realism is widely achieved and it does not cease to amaze in the formal, but at the level of sensitivity, of emotional interaction between the characters the result is much colder and more distant, for example, now that the lions are so real, it is very difficult to see expressions in their faces, to differentiate between the lionesses, that face of terror and scariness in Simba when he sees her father fall down a cliff, that is not possible to do or see in the real world, and although the effects are marvelous, it is up to you to decide what really weights the most, watch it online to find out.

Something similar happens with the covers of the original songs by Tim Rice and Elton John. The new versions of the popular songs of The Lion King, now produced by the sought-after Pharrell Williams, have an impeccable sound, but the melodies of "Hakuna Matata" or "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" no longer achieve the same impact. So, in short, this The Lion King model 2019 ends up being a movie to admire and not so much to feel anymore.

For those who choose a function with subtitled copy they can enjoy as an additional attraction (and not less) the original voices of Donald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé (Nala), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), John Oliver (Zazu), James Earl Jones ( Mufasa), Seth Rogen (Pumba) and Billy Eichner (Timon), among other figures. It is worth the effort to look with a magnifying glass on the billboard until you find this alternative clearly superior to the version dubbed into Spanish.

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