Now Showing: The Lion King

By Dan Pavelich

Although Jon Favreau’s reimagining of “The Lion King is visually stunning, that wasn’t enough to keep me interested throughout. Boasting an impressive cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce’ as Nala, and James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa, on paper, it looks like a guaranteed winner.

While there are noticeable changes from the 1994 animated version, Disney has been touting this as a nearly shot-for-shot remake. Why they concluded that that might be a selling point is beyond me. I thought it contributed to the overall dullness of the film.

There are a couple of intense scenes, like the death of Mufasa, that in this live-action recreation, might be too intense for younger viewers. The hyenas in particular, might be a bit too scary for younger fans of the original version.

As long as we’re mentioning younger moviegoers, I would also mention that many children seated in my row had a hard time keeping still. With a running time of two hours, it’s a little beyond the standard running time of most family films.

Lastly, I have to admit that after about an hour, I fell asleep for a few minutes. I think that says it all.