Though the movie ended up being a critical bomb, Jon Favreau’s reboot of The Lion King made a lot of bank in the box office, going so far as to become the highest-grossing animated film of all time. With that in mind, Screen Junkies had released their Honest Trailer take for Disney’s latest cash grab.
Cinderella transformed a passive heroine into an active hero; Jungle Book crafted a narrative out of scattered source material; the other ones… were movies. Now Disney’s next live-action rehash will update the original by doing the exact same thing, but somehow 30 minutes longer and drained of all of its charm.
Personally, I think these Disney remakes are a kind of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation,’ and no matter what happens, people are going to hate them. But the funny thing is, despite the haters, these films still manage to make a huge profit in the box office, so you can bet that Disney isn’t stopping these adaptations any time soon.
I actually liked how The Lion King was adapted, but admittedly had the same problems that the trailer pointed out. Scar’s Be Prepared sequence turned into spoken word piece and the photo-real animals were unable to evoke any emotions. Not to mention Can You Feel the Love Tonight takes place when the sun is out.
If anything, Favreau still stuck to what made the film work and we got a movie that I was fully expecting. It’s not like Aladdin which added a lot more things that didn’t really add on to the original. I’d expect something better from Guy Ritchie.
The Lion King is now available for digital and Blu-Ray.