The Lion King is directed by Jon Favreau and stars Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyonce Knowles, and James Earl Jones. The plot of the movie is after the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. I was extremely excited to see this The Lion King is my favorite animated film of all time and Jon Favreau directed the remake of The Jungle Book which I loved. It pains me to say that this movie is complete trash. In regards to the visuals, I thought this film looked very ugly. The people who worked on this movie wanted it to seem lifelike ironically this entire movie feels lifeless. I have loved Hans Zimmer's score ever since I first heard it 25 years ago, but it is somehow lacking energy and excitement in this movie. The opening scene with "The Circle of Life" is recreated, but like so much else in this film is devoid of energy. The story is the same as before the only difference being that it is not emotionally effective at all. The characters are lifeless so there is no reason to care about any of them. This movie is a shot for shot remake of the animated film. The movie has no personality of its own and there are no surprises. There is very little that is new and the things that are new are mostly things that have been removed or shortened. My favorite song in The Lion King is "Be Prepared" it is heavily shortened which pissed me off if I wasn't reviewing movies I would have got up and left after that. What saddened me the most even more than my favorite song being shortened is that the personality of the original film has been removed. I loved the idea of Jon Favreau taking this and making it his own, but he hasn't all throughout the movie I was thinking "What is the point of this if it is just a shot for shot remake." I have loved the animated movie ever since I first saw it in 1994 I have watched it countless times. Coming out of this movie I know that I will never watch it again. Since the characters looked like real lions they were unable to convey the level of emotion that the characters in the original had. The cast sounded bored Donald Glover as Adult Simba was very bland. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner as Pumbaa and Timon were extremely annoying all of the jokes with them are not funny at all. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar I feel was trying too hard to copy Jeremy Irons, and he failed. He sounds like he is about to fall asleep at any moment. John Oliver as Zazu was also annoying and not funny. Beyonce Knowles as Nala was Just as bland as Glover. I was so excited to hear James Earl Jones back as Mufasa, but he sounded like he was bored and didn't give a shit. When this film was originally announced I was mad that they did not get Jeremy Irons back for Scar, but after hearing James Earl Jones half-assing it, I am glad they did not bring him back. This movie has none of the energy of the animated movie. The emotion and humor have been removed in favor of a bland retelling of a story that we already know and love. 0 out of 5 stars for The Lion King. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Crawl is directed by Alexandre Aja and stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper. The plot of the movie is a young woman while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators. I knew nothing about this movie going into it. It is not going to end up being one of my favorite movies of the year, but I did enjoy most of it. The acting isn't that great, but Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper's characters are so likable that I can forgive that. The film moves at a nice pace it is only 90 minutes long and not a single minute feels wasted. The movie builds tension very well. The time element of the water rising makes the family have to go from floor to floor and every time the water rises the alligators have access to a new part of the house. The film does have some jump scares that are very easy to see coming. The entire film is pretty predictable as well. 3 out of 5 stars for Crawl. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home is directed by Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zandaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal. The plot of the movie is following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. I loved everything about this movie for me this is the best Spider-Man movie yet. The story was consistently interesting it rarely ever gave Peter time to relax he was always moving. He is trying to impress MJ, and he's trying to be there for his friends on this trip, but also Nick Fury needs him to help with this major problem. So he has to balance both. That is classic Spider-Man never having enough time for your life, but also having to be a hero when you are not ready to be the movie captures that extremely well. Tom Holland is fantastic I would love to see him play Spider-man in many more movies. Zandaya as MJ was great in Homecoming, but here she is even better she has a lot more to do. She has a lot of very funny lines. The scenes between her are Peter are very cute the two of them have amazing chemistry together. Just like in Spider-Man: Homecoming they do a great job at balancing the high school comedy aspects with the superhero stuff and both of those things are interesting. They applied a race against time element to the high school stuff. Peter wants to confess how he feels to MJ and every chance he gets something is in the way so it gets you invested. Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio was very good. The director Jon Watts did an amazing job with the action scenes they all feel very intense. This movie does have a scene that made me very happy I wish I could say what it is here, but that would be a spoiler. Overall I loved everything about this movie. The character and story are a lot of fun, all of the jokes are extremely funny, and the action scenes are amazing. In my Avengers: Endgame review I said Marvel would have to make one hell of a movie to top it well that is exactly what they have done. 5 out of 5 stars for Spider-Man: Far From Home. I hope you enjoyed my review.