FILM REVIEW: THE LION KING (2019)

MV5BMjIwMjE1Nzc4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDg4OTA1NzM@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_.jpgFirst and foremost, if you are expecting the new rendition of The Lion King to be parallel to the 1994 edition, don’t.

I went into watching it, making that mistake. To the expectations of James Earl Jones going word for word in his 1994 role of Mufasa, and the uneasy role of Scar being replicated to Jeremy Irons role. I had to erase those expectations after I started getting disappointed left and right.

After stopping the film, mentally erasing those expectations, taking a day or two, and hit restart, it became very clear. Director Jon Favreau made sure to make this version its own identity and on that level, he succeeded.

The realistic animation of the animals involved in the film and the color palette hit it on the head for the production crew. So, congratulations for the production department for executing that aspect of the film successfully.

Again, I had to adjust to the acting and dialogue of this film, and I think a lot of critics would agree. As for the music, I personally enjoyed the renditions of the songs, but that’s just my forte, since even Elton John would differ in that department. Who knows, he is more of a professional musician than I am, so I won’t bark up that tree, myself.

Overall, even though I did enjoy the remake, and would use this film as a reference for a color palette lesson, I also would still prefer the original animation in itself, unlike that of the predecessor of the newly live-action films under Jon Favreau’s brand, The Jungle Book.

Film Review: Hearts Beat Loud

download (1)I sincerely am warming up to Nick Offerman as an actor. First, in the independent hit The Hero with the legendary Sam Elliot, and now this fun light-hearted story about a daughter and father bonding over music during a summer before she heads to college. I appreciate this guy’s taste in storytelling!

Might I add on the topic of Nick’s delivery as a comedian and artist. The humor doesn’t overbear the sense of the direction of what the creators wanted to take this film.

The vintage indie style of this film sets a good flavor to the pace of the story, as well as, being fearless to promote not one, but two minority communities in the film with the character of Sam Fischer.

The main setting of the film, the record store, gives a nostalgic vibe with the small business mindset and appreciating the times when music lovers turned to their collection of vinyls and compact discs, rather than digital and/or streaming collections of today’s society. A simple, yet hip story , with a very deep message within it of love and acceptance.

This film is created on very organic, yet subtle ingredients for success from the story to the simplicity of the cinematography. Nothing overpowers the other.. A very fun and artistic film to watch on a cold, bleak winter evening to warm the soul whether alone or with your loved ones.

I gave this film a 9/10 on the IMdB site.