The fans’ wait for 25 years is finally over. Simba is back on the big screen. Through the live-action version of The Lion King film remake. Which is showing in cinemas around the world since last July.
The story of The Lion King presented by this live-action version of the film, you could say, is exactly the same, aka plexus, with the animated version. Which aired in 1994 first. It’s just that, the difference is, this time, the visualization is much more beautiful. In fact, it looks very real. Down to the smallest detail.
Simba (JD McCrary) is still the crown prince. The children of the lion king and queen of Pride Rock: Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and Sarabi (Alfre Woodard).
Shortly after Simba was born, all the animals in the Pride Lands attended his introduction. However, there is one lion whose nose is not visible. Namely, the king’s own younger brother: Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor). The one who secretly holds a grudge. Because, Simba’s birth made him unable to continue the throne from his brother.
Scar then conspires with a herd of evil hyenas. They devise a plan to kill Mufasa and Simba. Which, in the end, half succeeded: Mufasa was killed, but Simba survived. Thanks to his father’s sacrifice.
Simba also feels guilty for Mufasa’s death. The desperate little lion then fled from Pride Rock. He started a new life in a new place. And then meet new friends too: A wild boar, named Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) and a meerkat, named Timon (Billy Eichner).
Until then, after many years, Simba, who is looking for his identity, accidentally reunites with his childhood girlfriend: Nala (Beyonce). Simba, then an adult, finally tries to fulfill his destiny: As the real Lion King.
The story of the film The Lion King is already familiar to many people. Because it is an adaptation of the animated version. That was released a quarter of a century ago. Many viewers of the original film, who used to be children, are now adults. So, you could say, this film is nostalgia.
However, even though it is a remake with the same story, the production of the live-action version of The Lion King is, in fact, not half-assed. Disney is partnering with director Jon Favreau. The previous one was a big success when the remake of The Jungle Book (2016) was.
In working on the film The Lion King, Jon Favreau upgraded the advanced technology he had used in The Jungle Book. Namely, motion capture technology and augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR). Which costs a lot. Therefore, to produce the film The Lion King, Disney had to spend very deep. Reached USD 250 million.
However, the results are impressive. The visualization of The Lion King movie looks very real. The critics were confused to pin the genre. Live-action or animation. Because everything is completely computer.
Visual effects are indeed the main strength of this film that cannot be called live-action. Because all images are made in MPC visual effects studio. In London, England. The results are really very real. In fact, very detailed. Down to the super small things.
Every hair and mustache, every footprint that raised a cloud of dust, it all seemed so real. Ordinary viewers, perhaps, many believe: That Pride Rock is a real location. Somewhere in Africa. Whose landscapes are watched by the Lion King. The name is Mufasa.