I know it had dropped a few days ago, but still, everyone should prepare themselves for this. 2019 is just around the corner.
I’ll give it a chance. I don’t expect it to have so much in common with the classic which will always have a place in my heart.
The original Lion King will always be one of my most favorite movies. During this time my Uncle was good friends with Tony Brancroft (creator of Pumbaa), and my Aunt worked with Disney and was head of movie distribution, so I got all sorts of LK goodies. When LK was released my grandparents took my brother and myself to LA to see a special screening and I can say, it was one of the greatest times of my life.
Emotionally, LK is also special because it was the year my dad left, and I never saw him again. Even though he was not a good man, losing a father still hit hard, even though I knew it was for the best.
Since then, I’ve seen the stage production (its actually better than the movie) twice (once in NYC on Broadway).
I’m really excited about LK re imagining, but I’m also on the fence about a few things.
I really like the cast, but I wish that they would have gone with an all black cast, versus throwing in a couple of odd ball white guys. If they want to make it authentic and photo realistic, I would like them to be using traditional African accents and such. (I’m nitpicking of course). Also not a fan of having Beyonce voicing Nala. I would have much rather had Lupita Nyango, but then again I love Lupita.
I’ll tell you something right not about The Lion King when I first saw it.
I was only a kid at school and my whole class was going to see the movie, seeing the opening section with the sun rising and the music in a cinema was an incredible feeling. It really touched all of us in a really strange way, when Scar lets Mufasa fall to his death I heard some kids cry out “Nooooo!”
Kids cried, they laughed and I can’t describe the cheers when Simba decides he has to go back the kids went mental. I lost it when Rafiki did the “Bruce Lee” section since at that point I’d been watching his films and was a huge fan.
I have high hopes that this remake will capture that feeling when I go see it