Somehow, this doesn't surprise me.Reviews are out: It's very cold. The biggest issue is the photorealism makes the animals too real, thus lacking any emotion. And it's very much a shot-for-shot retelling (kind of like that Psycho remake):
I was kind of hoping that they were going to tell the story in a similar fashion. Maybe not with a grittier tone and I couldn't see them getting rid of popular/marketable characters like Timon and Pumbaa, but there was still room to tell Simba's journey in a different way or with some expansions. Making it a shot for shot remake, while not surprising, is a bit disappointing since I was hoping for something a bit more than just that.It bothers me how this film is trying to have it both ways. It wants to be a bold reimagining of a beloved story and yet it also wants to painstakingly duplicate the exact same charm of the original film. It doesn't seem to understand that the original film's charm is inextricably linked to the expressiveness and stylization which they completely threw away.
I actually would've been interested in a remake which retold the basic beats of Simba's journey in an entirely new way and with a grittier tone that actually matched the documentary-like photorealistic aesthetic (i.e. no celebrity voices, no singalong songs, no Timon or Pumbaa, etc), but of course that wouldn't be nearly as marketable.
I’m guessing the rumors I heard of plot changes, were just that, rumors. That’s kind of a shame. I know if it’s not broke, don’t fix it, but at the same time you can expand upon a story and bring more to the table. Beauty and the Beast was a good example of this.Reviews are out: It's very cold. The biggest issue is the photorealism makes the animals too real, thus lacking any emotion. And it's very much a shot-for-shot retelling (kind of like that Psycho remake):
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