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The Lion King
The 1994 animated version of ‘The Lion King’ left an indelible impression on whole generations of moviegoers. After more than two decades, the new live-action version is here and comparisons are inevitable.
Everything money can buy has been poured into Jon Favreau’s photo-realistic retake on ‘The Lion King’, the 1994 Disney animated classic. What’s missing? They are things such as heart, soul and the faintest hint of originality.
The popular story goes like this: Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival.
Scar, Mufasa’s brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile.
Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Things ‘happen’ in this film – but they don’t carry much weight. Simba’s journey is supposed to be transformational and heroic, but the transitions are too quick and lack energy.
The film makes a smart turn to comedy as Simba runs off and meets his new friends. Casting Billy Eichner as Timon, the wisecracking meerkat, and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, the good-hearted but flatulent warthog, are among the film’s happiest choices.
And another big advantage for Tamil audience is the voices of popular faces- Arvind Swamy, Siddharth, Aishwarya Rajesh, Manobala, Robo Shankar and Rohini.
Rating: 4 out of 5