As much as I hate the term “Millenial” and have gotten super upset about it over the past few years, I’ve decided to start embracing it. As a Millenial, The Lion King was a staple of my childhood. Having debuted in the Summer of 1994, I was 6 years old and it was also my first time ever going to Disney World. Although I cannot recall seeing it in the movie theater or if a huge deal was made of it at the parks (I’m sure it was), I do remember LOVING the movie. So for 25 years I have truly loved and appreciated this amazing Disney classic.
So after seeing it in the theater this weekend, I decided a review needed to be written. Did it live up the hype? Was it worth it? Will it ruin my childhood memories? What about the classic songs? Many of these are questions we all have about all these new live-action remakes Disney has been releasing, so here I will be answering them for you in a SPOILER-FREE fashion.
Did it live up to the hype? HECK YES! Guys, this movie was seriously so amazing. I cried, I laughed till I cried, I was in suspense, I loved EVERY. SINGLE. MINUTE. So yes, I would say it was definitely worth it, and I’m going to be honest with you, I plan to go see this movie again ASAP.
Will it ruin your childhood memories? NO! If anything, I think it just enhances all those feelings you had seeing it growing up.
Why did I love it so much? The original was great in all its animation glory, but this movie is giving you a gorgeous up-close view of what these animals truly look like as well as what the savannah and pride lands really look like. To watch a real animal (ok, CGI) do these things and live in this moment was breathtaking. I honestly had more emotional moments because of this too. Animation is great, but seeing an animal show affection for another animal is always so heartwarming, and here you have it on the big screen - how can you not feel more emotional?! Obviously this also makes some scenes a little more hard to watch (I think you know which scene I’m talking about), but again, pulling on those emotional heart strings.
Timon and Pumba were probably my favorite in this new rendition. They were more hysterical than ever and I loved some of the new lines. Billy Eichner and Seth Rogan made this part better than ever.
What about those classic songs? I think they were even better than ever as well. Between using someone with an African accent to remake “Circle of Life,” to young Nala’s gorgeous voice, and then having Beyonce as adult Nala, how could the music go wrong? There were also a few new songs sprinkled in that were equally as enjoyable and tastefully placed.
Is it good for children? Look, I don’t have children, but children these days see things that I never would have been able to sit through as a child. If you would let your child watch a documentary on animals in Africa, then I think they should be fine. There are some amazing positive & growth mindset messages in this new adaptation of the film that really made me proud and that I hope resonates with today’s youth.
My final thoughts on this new Lion King film is that it gives ALL THE FEELS, is totally worth it, Disney blew it out of the park, and is a MUST-SEE this summer! I can’t wait to see it again and I will totally be buying it.
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Hi! I'm Michelle. I love traveling, trying new restaurants, meeting new people, going to the parks, and playing with my dogs. I'm also super Disney obsessed - parks, cruise lines, movies - I love it all!
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