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‘The Lion King’ Review: Disney’s Remake Is a Disastrous Plunge into the Uncanny Valley

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  1. [11]
    dubteedub
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    You can view the promotional clip from the remake of the Hukana Matata song here and it is just so lifeless and unemotional. https://twitter.com/DiscussingFilm/status/1149047907783467011?s=09...

    You can view the promotional clip from the remake of the Hukana Matata song here and it is just so lifeless and unemotional.

    https://twitter.com/DiscussingFilm/status/1149047907783467011?s=09

    Like, they tried to make Simba so realistic looking that his mouth does not even open. There is no emotion or style at all to this video. If you have the sound off it just looks like they are walking around a boring jungle.

    When you compare the remake video to the original song, there is just no comparison.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbY_aP-alkw

    It is just sad how much wasted talent and potential is included on this project.

    I mean, one of the reviews said that the song "Can you feel the love tonight" takes place completely in the daylight.... I mean come on guys.

    13 votes
    1. [7]
      Gaywallet
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      Well, his mouth opens, it just opens like a cat's mouth would; he moves like a cat and not a human... while this is great realism, real cats cant talk or dance so it loses any feeling of emotion.

      Like, they tried to make Simba so realistic looking that his mouth does not even open.

      Well, his mouth opens, it just opens like a cat's mouth would; he moves like a cat and not a human... while this is great realism, real cats cant talk or dance so it loses any feeling of emotion.

      7 votes
      1. [6]
        The_Fad
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        This is what I'm taking away from these reviews. They all seem to take exception with the fact that the animals move, behave, and act like real life animals rather than their cartoony...

        This is what I'm taking away from these reviews. They all seem to take exception with the fact that the animals move, behave, and act like real life animals rather than their cartoony counterparts.

        I'm not saying they're wrong for having a problem with that. I just don't understand what exactly they expected.

        6 votes
        1. [2]
          dubteedub
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          Well the issue is that the movie is still a musical. If they wanted to do a realistic telling of the Lion King story (aka jungle Hamlet) they could have done that with a super serious tone like...

          Well the issue is that the movie is still a musical. If they wanted to do a realistic telling of the Lion King story (aka jungle Hamlet) they could have done that with a super serious tone like they did with the Jungle Book remake.

          Instead they did this weird mix of photorealistic serious / angry looking animals, along with the original upbeat, happy music.

          The original Lion King movie was visually gorgeous and colorful, everything we have seen so far just comes off as bland and does not fit the tone of the movie or the casting.

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          1. The_Fad
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            Hmmm...I guess that makes sense. It smacks of "complaining because it's not the original" though, to me anyway.

            Hmmm...I guess that makes sense. It smacks of "complaining because it's not the original" though, to me anyway.

            1 vote
        2. [3]
          Gaywallet
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          It just doesn't match the tone of the movie. It's more or less what I expected, which is why I have no interest in the film, but I wonder what Disney was trying to do? What is the purpose of...

          It just doesn't match the tone of the movie. It's more or less what I expected, which is why I have no interest in the film, but I wonder what Disney was trying to do? What is the purpose of remaking the movie but making it more realistic if the only thing changing is the animation?

          8 votes
          1. [2]
            The_Fad
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            Money, more than likely. It's a remake of a beloved classic done in the same stylistic vein as The Jungle Book, which did well in its own right. They don't expect to make their money on the people...

            What is the purpose of remaking the movie but making it more realistic if the only thing changing is the animation?

            Money, more than likely. It's a remake of a beloved classic done in the same stylistic vein as The Jungle Book, which did well in its own right. They don't expect to make their money on the people who mind the animation, I'd wager they expect to make their money on families sharing an inter-generational experience.

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            1. Gaywallet
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              It was meant more as a rhetorical since the answer of "why did they make this blockbuster movie?" is pretty much always "because money." The idiocy of some of these major studios makes me wonder...

              It was meant more as a rhetorical since the answer of "why did they make this blockbuster movie?" is pretty much always "because money."

              The idiocy of some of these major studios makes me wonder sometimes. I can almost guarantee you that this will lose money. The "realistic" remakes with primarily human or humanoid characters will probably do a lot better.

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    2. Akir
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      They drew the line between fantasy and realism in a very awkward place. The animals can talk, make complex decisions, and even sing, but for some reason they can't dance?

      They drew the line between fantasy and realism in a very awkward place. The animals can talk, make complex decisions, and even sing, but for some reason they can't dance?

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    3. [2]
      The_Fad
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      Wait, "In The Air Tonight" like the song by Phil Collins?

      Wait, "In The Air Tonight" like the song by Phil Collins?

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      1. dubteedub
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        My bad, its "Can you feel the love tonight" Updating my comment....

        My bad, its "Can you feel the love tonight"

        Updating my comment....

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  2. alyaza
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    this movie does not seem to be getting especially great reception. other reviews/stuff on the reviews: The Lion King review – deepfake copycat ain't so grrreat Disney’s Lion King Remake Is a...
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  3. Douglas
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    I think my problem right now is I'm just not in the mindset to watch a movie like this on account of the climate crisis. The planet's pretty fucked, and to puppet photo-realistic wild animals...

    I think my problem right now is I'm just not in the mindset to watch a movie like this on account of the climate crisis. The planet's pretty fucked, and to puppet photo-realistic wild animals around on screen in a photo-realistic environment is going to constantly remind me of that fact.

    ...but that's just me being a downer, I fully recognize this movie wasn't made for my audience.

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