Classic Movie Reviews are once a week posts in which I review a movie from the past. It might have to do with a movie coming out that week or just a personal favorite of mine. These reviews may contain spoilers.
This week’s Classic Movie Review is one that was featured at the number 2 spot in my recently posted Top 10 Animated Movies list.
The Lion King- the traumatizing children’s movie that somehow didn’t scar us all for life.
I don’t believe this movie needs a summary. If you’ve never seen it you are probably a lost cause anyway. It is, in a word, great, especially for an animated movie. Like I said in my top ten list, animated movies usually just aren’t entertaining to me as an adult. Ones that I like are few and far between. But this one is very entertaining. The story is solid, the voice acting is fantastic, the themes are great, and the music is amazing. I usually hate any sort of musical where people just randomly break out singing for no real reason. But it works better in animated movies and works perfectly in this one. The songs fit into the plot and are incredibly memorable (even if we have no idea what the words actually are in the African ones). They add to the movie and are enjoyable. The characters are also enjoyable and not over the top and annoying like most animated movies.
However, I’m pretty sure children’s movies are not supposed to scare the living crap out of the children. And this movie has some pretty scary and traumatic moments. The hyenas are creepy, Mufasa dies in a horrible stampede after fighting with his brother who threw him off a cliff, and the kingdom is turned into a wasteland and animals are killed when Scar the dictator takes over. Something tells me that in this politically correct world that this movie wouldn’t be rated G. But it was for us and most of us turned out ok (ish). So it must not be too bad.
I know I talk bad about it but it’s all in good fun. Overall, despite the traumatic experiences, it’s a perfect movie, especially for an animated movie. It can be enjoyed by adults as well as children. The Lion King gets a Hakuna Matata (5/5).