Godzilla2000Zero wrote:Yeah Lion King leaves a lot to be desired honestly and Scar was disappointing and even James Earl Jones lacked the drive he had in the original but he's older so I couldn't really blame. I liked Donald Glover as Simba though but yeah Jungle Book is the superior movie.
Yeah, that's a good point here. Although his voice is still instantly recognizeable, it feels more toned down in the drive and power than his performance as Mufasa in the original animated film. This is also apparent from his performance as Vader in RO. But as you said, can't really blame him- the man IS 88 years old. Sad to see such a great actor's age catch up to him, but I still applaud him for doing his best with what he was given here.
The rest is just a mixed bag. On one hand the visuals were indeed realistic and beautiful and the score was MARVELOUS, but on the other hand it felt...shallow. Bland. Almost like a stripped down version of the animated film, which kept some good aspects but lost most of the energy, charm, colors and provoking imagery. I was actually looking forward to see this, and ended up coming out just as I expected- 50/50. Loved some aspects, disliked the others. This staleness is especially apparent in Mufasa's death scene, which wasn't nearly as impactful.
And yeah, Scar was the most disappointing aspect for me. I actually like the designs of the Lions, I thought they felt realistic while still distinct from each other- but unfortunately, the blank faces with zero emotion and the stale performances are underwhelming. Scar especially- he has zero of the iconic vocal and physical presence as a character the original had. I guess Irons just played the role way too good
I did like the additional backstory they gave him though, especially that whole deal with Sarabi. Kinda added to his backstabbing and revolting nature.
And I agree, Donald Glover's performance as Simba was honestly among the better ones in the film.