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The Lion King (2019)
Starring Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon
The live-action movie The Lion King (2019) follows the exact same tale of the original movie The Lion King (1994) with very few added element. The plot is the same: Simba (Glover/JD McCrary as Young Simba) idolizes his father, King Mufasa (Jones), and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar (Ejiofor), Mufasa's brother - and former heir to the throne - has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal and tragedy, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends (Rogen & Eichner), Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Wow. Simply... Wow.
I had a few doubts about this movie when we first saw the trailers for it. Sure, the trailers looked epic and amazing (and we knew James Earl Jones would be reprising his role as Mufasa like from the 1994 version [and boy, was that a great move to make! ]), but I feared Disney would implant their agendas onto this movie like with many of their recent movies.
NOPE!!! Without a single spoiler, I can tell you that this movie was agenda-free! It was amazing, stayed almost exactly the same to the original (even with the smallest, most minute details like the animals in the opening scene), but with some hilarious, realistic and informative added scenes and dialogue. I loved it!
They Answered a Consistency-Related Question That Needed Answering (Small Spoilers Ahead)
A really cool thing about some of the added scenes in this 2019 The Lion King is that they provided an answer to a question that the 1994 The Lion King didn't answer.
In the 1994 The Lion King, when Simba stays with Timon and Pumbaa and grows up to be a lion with no cares (), it shows that Nala came to the forest area where Timon and Pumbaa live to look for help. The meerkat and warthog thought Nala was going to eat them, so Simba comes in and saves the day and then recognizes Nala, blah, blah, blah; you know the story.
So the question was - how did Nala get there? Scar was ruling the Pride Lands, so did Nala just sneak past him and his hungry hyena guards? I mean, WHAT happened and HOW did she get there?
In the 2019 The Lion King, they answered that question by providing an extra scene showing Nala slip past Scar and start on her way to go ask for help. YAY, THANK YOU, YOU HATH CURED OUR ACHING BRAINS. Wait what.
They Provided A Hint of Backstory on Scar (No Spoilers)
One of the most interesting additions in the new 2019 The Lion King was one simple word that provided a hint of backstory on Mufasa's brother Scar. In the 1994 version, Scar was talking to Mufasa in the beginning and said, "I wouldn't dream of challenging you." In the new version, he added one small word - "again."
@Stormy_Lightscope hypothesized that Scar challenged his brother once before, most likely for the title of king, and Mufasa won - thus explaining the bite mark on Scar's ear and the scar on his left eye that earned his namesake.
After I looked it up on Google, I remembered the fact that Scar's real name is actually Taka. *eyes widen as I look at @Taka_Merespinner1 * O . O So, it simply makes sense!
Just so you know... That's a theory for this new version. The official, approved backstory is this.
Taka tricks his brother Mufasa into going down to the waterhole, where a Cape buffalo named Boma is refusing to share the water. The Pride Lands is in a terrible drought and any water there is precious. Mufasa begins reasoning with Boma, when Taka roars and says that Boma must move by order of the Lion King, or Mufasa will face Boma in combat. Boma charges out of the water at Mufasa. Mufasa escapes to safety with Rafiki, but Boma says that his herd will get Taka. Mufasa runs back to find Taka being attacked by Boma's herd. The largest of the buffaloes slashes Taka with his horns, knocking him unconscious. Mufasa leaps in to save his brother and the buffaloes ready themselves to attack again.
Before they can do so, however, Ahadi appears with a large herd of animals. The herd surrounds the buffaloes and ends the fight. Later on, Rafiki examines Taka and finds a deep cut on his left eye, which will never fully heal. Taka then requests that he be called "Scar" from now on, as a reminder of how he foolishly allowed his anger to rule him.
Well, that's surprisingly non-evil-like. But all the same, it's a valid theory - especially with the bite mark on Scar's ear. o . o
The only negative thing is that they removed a few pieces of dialogue and a few scenes, but other than that, the entire movie is so spot-on. I highly recommend it.