I bet everyone would have gone to the cinema to watch ‘The Lion King’ by now already. Expecting lesser people to hit the cinema for this movie since it is already out for over a month, I was surprised to see that my hall is almost full. People are still flocking to see the film and so far it has grossed near to US$ 1.4 billion, and is already currently the 10th highest grossing film worldwide in history.
The original animated film released back in 1994 was a classic hit and was so well beloved. Although only mixed reviews from the critics, general audiences will still not miss the movie and they enjoyed it too (including me). I know the problem with the movie that has also been highlighted by many; it’s a total copy and paste from the original film. The story is totally the same, the scores are the same, the scenes are the same and even the dialogues are the same. Usually, Disney would add in something new (though very minor as not to eviate much from the original story that everyone remembers) to their live-action remake. Not for this one. There is simply no effort to try to put in a bit of new stuff to further spice up the plot.
Anyway, I’m actually happy for them to keep the score the same. The soundtrack for the original film is very beautiful and has been used (perhaps enhanced too) for this remake. It helps to add a lot to the story. If not, I would feel like watching a National Geographic documentary rather than an animal adventure full of heart. Well, the movie didn’t actually excel in that ‘heart’ aspect. This is due to the realistic portrayal of the animals that in turn erode some necessary exaggerated expressions on them to convey the emotions. The visual effect on this photo-realistic animation is brilliant but at the same time, the emotional side of the film has been brought down by it which I think is more superior.
Anyway, ‘The Lion King’ is still a movie not to be missed for all the adults who wanted to relive the moment when they first watched the original film. A visual masterpiece, and also a musical spectacle. However, it goes on a very safe route with no fresh things added in, and it lacks the heart that what makes the original film so much beloved. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Lion King’ (2019) a total of 7.0.
My next movie review would be short. It’s because I do not want to reveal a lot of information or spoiler about this movie and would like you to experience the movie (if you have not watched it) with very little knowledge of what it is about beforehand. It’s a South Korean film titled ‘Parasite’. I can only say that the plot is somewhere about; a poor family worked on their ways to get hired by a wealthy family to work in the latter’s household. Of course, the whole plot is much more than that and it’s best for you enjoy it without any further spoiler.
The movie receives a full 100% rating in Rotten Tomatoes. That’s insane and I kind of understood the reason after having watched it a short while ago. This movie is clearly a masterpiece not only in storytelling but also in its craft. The movie has very beautiful cinematography, very engaging performances and a fantastic plot that mixes all three different elements (thriller, comedy and drama) together unbelievably well. The social message delivered out of this movie is powerful too. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Parasite’ a total of 8.6. A perfect film to inform to the Hollywood that Asian film has the quality to compete not only in your ‘best foreign film’ category but also in the coveted overall ‘best film/picture’ category at your major film awards.
‘Parasite’ is also the first ever South Korean film to win the Palme d’Or award (highest prize that is equivalent to best film) at 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Well, it deserves it.
(Images in this post are from various online sources)