Rating: 3.5 out of 5
The Lion King: King is back
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.
The Lion King, a remake of one of 1990s classic of the same name is aggressively mediocre in every department except for the visuals. Make no mistake, this is one of the most beautiful looking films ever made, but it lacks both heart and nuance.
If you aree only interested in gawping at the visual boundaries a film could push The Lion King will blow your mind because there is absolutely no way to tell where the ‘live action’ ends and the CGI animation begins.
Everything, from a blade of grass to the eyeballs and fur of the lions is 100 percent photorealistic. It may all be CGI, but The Lion King feels more life-like than Disney’s many recent live-action remakes of its animated classics.
The opening scene echoes the start of the 1994 original almost shot for shot. It doesn’t take a detective to see why that film quickly became a classic. It has adorable animals and rivals Bambi in its moving death of a parent storyline.
The memories and emotions tied to the animated classic are so strong that even when Mufasa appears on screen for the first time, there’s a pang in your heart, your mind automatically flitting to the poignant scene of young Simba, paws on his father, asking him to wake up.
It’s enough to bring tears to your eyes, and you haven’t even made it to that point in the new movie yet. And the highlight of the Tamil version is voices of Siddharth, Arvind Swamy, Aishwarya Rajesh, Rohini, Robo Shankar and Manobala etc.