The Lion King

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Visually stunning remake is darker, more violent.

PG 2019 118 minutes

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Based on 80 reviews

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Based on 107 reviews

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age 4+

Loved this movie!

This is a very emotional film, but my kids liked it. There are some sad, scary and funny parts. The last part of the film, the lions fight the hyenas in this huge brawl. It’s very intense and kept us on the edge of our seats. That’s a sign of a good movie. I try to teach my kids how to deal with emotions instead of running away from them. We knew going in that this was going to be an emotional movie because it’s an emotional story. The thing I liked most was that it’s relatively realistic (obviously not the talking animals). But the look of the animals are realistic. This made it easier to explain to the kids how the wild works. There was a scene where Scar was eating an animal. You can’t see the animal he’s eating, but one could guess that’s what he’s eating. There’s a little bit of blood on his mouth. I explained to the kids that lions hunt, kill and eat other animals. That’s just the way it is. Male animals fight for their territories, and males are usually at the head of the pack. I told the kids that there’s usually 1 male per however many females. Often times, male lions will kill cubs that are not theirs to carry on their genetic line. They will chase older male cubs away (or kill them) so that they are alone with all these females. It’s the way nature works, and it’s important for my kids to recognize that. This movie was perfect for that education. There was animalistic violence that comes with the territory of a lion pride. Again, this is a movie about wild animals. Expect to see mild amounts of violence and fighting. This was a great show, and I’m glad my family watched it.

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age 5+
The Lion King being my favorite animated Disney movie, I’ve watched it many times as a kid, as an adult and shared it with my kids. I’m not sure what people mean when they say it lacks heart? Yes it’s the same story, same scenes etc. but it’s a remade version, which you can tell Disney was very careful with. When Alice in Wonderland came out, I was hoping and excited for The Lion King. More live action movies released and I know it was only a matter of time. This movie is fantastic. Not since Avatar have I been blown away by the visuals. Disney did such a good job on the animations, the animals move realistically, they look realistic and if animals could talk, this is how they would look while talking. A lot of people are hating on this movie to be part of the crowd, I give this 5 stars because the story wasn’t changed, the CG is seriously mind blowing, the soundtrack was done in justice, it’s darker than the animated original and it was pretty action filled. I feel this movie benefits from its live action. Scar looks more menacing, and you do get emotional and a heart warming sensation when watching because you see how an animal would actually look like when happy or sad. Maybe the negative reviews were from people who don’t have any pets? This is a must watch, and sits next to some of the best movies I’ve ever seen.

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