First Aladdin, now The Lion King – Disney are really keeping these live-action remake trailers a-coming’, aren’t they? And this one has to be one of their most anticipated releases. For many a nineties kid, this version of Hamlet with better songs that the original is one of the defining movies of their cinematic career. But how does it translate to live-action? Does it translate at all? Let’s take a look at the trailer!
0:07: Alright, I know it isn’t actually, but just this opening shot looks like the dark, gritty remake of The Lion King directed by Zack Snyder that nobody asked for. Anyway!
0:25: Scar is one of THE greatest cinematic villains of all time, and honestly this version of him looks fantastic – menacing, but not in an obvious way. Chiwetel Ejiofor is a tremendous actor, too, and if anyone can sell me an uncanny valley CGI lion as a true villain, it’s him.
0:35: It honestly would have been sick and wrong if anyone other than James Earl Jones had played Mufasa, and bringing him back for the remake is a brilliant nod do the original.
0:45: This is really just a quick montage of character introductions, but, given that we’re looking at huge stars doing voiceover work, I have to pause each one and have a quick Google and go “ah, yes, of course that Hornbill is actually esteemed political show host John Oliver!”.
0:59: Alright, let’s talk about this CGI. How does it work for you? I did watch the Jungle Book remake and was impressed by how good the wildlife animations were there, but there’s still something a little…off about the way they look here? Maybe it’s simply the brighter setting leaving less room for jungle-canopy darkness to hide the slight oddness at play?
1:16: So, you know how “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” was for sure a thinly-veiled metaphor about Nala and Simba boning? Are they just going to scrap that here and go straight-up to us watching two lions humping for three whole minutes? This glance certainly implies that. Watch this space, folks.
1:30: The actual pridelands look good to me. The animals? Jury is still out.
1:40: Look, I’m pretty exhausted at the thought of Seth Rogen (who plays Pumba) in anything anymore, but Billy Eichner as Timon is reason enough to go see this movie. I just want three hours of Billy on the Pridelands ad-libbing while the plot takes place in the background.
How does this trailer compare to the original movie for you? Have you seen any other Disney live-action movies, and are you looking forward to this one? Are you emotionally ready to watch Mufasa die again? Let us know in the comments below!
(header image via The Irish Times)