the lion king – roars on to the screen again

The Lion King is a computer-animated (yes, animated) musical drama film directed by Jon Favreau with a screenplay written by Jeff Nathanson. It’s a computer-animated remake of the traditionally animated 1994 film. The movie stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyonce, and James Earl Jones reprising his original role as Mufasa.

The good; this film look amazing! There are certain shots that could be real, the way the light hits things in a digital environment can fool the eye. The digital artists that worked on this film should be commended, the attention to detail is stunning! There’s subtle nuances that were captured beautifully, some examples are the way the water looks and reflects, to the flicker of the lions ears.

This film draws heavily upon the original source material and understands it fully. The music is updated yet still the same, and manages to hit the same emotional bits at the right time.

Having the animals look real gives the story a greater sense of danger and threat. The technology with how to replicate strands of hair is stunning. Did I mention that this movie looks incredible?

The bad; the standard has been raised, first it was The Jungle Book, now how can The Lion King be topped?

Overall, go see this on the big screen! Having grown up with the original movie and knowing the story, this updated version still grabs me at the right parts with the right emotions.

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yesterday – i believe in yesterday…

Yesterday is a romantic music driven comedy directed by Danny Boyle. It’s written by Richard Curtis and stars Himesh Patel as a struggling musician who then finds himself to be the only person in the world who remember the Beatles, this all comes about after an accident. The film also stars Lily James, Ed Sheeran and Kate McKinnon. Continue reading

toy story 4 – the toys are back!

Toy Story 4 is the latest Pixar film, and it’s a sequel to Toy Story 3. It’s directed by Josh Cooley with a screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom, the three also came up with the story alongside John Lasseter, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Valerie LaPointe and Martin Hynes. The film stars the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, and Joan Cusack. This movie introduces Forky to the toys as they embark on another adventure. Continue reading

john wick: chapter 3 – parabellum – latin for go see this movie

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is the latest installment in the John Wick Franchise. This film is directed by Chad Stahelski, written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams based on a story by Kolstad. It stars; Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburn, Mark Dacascos, Lance Reddick, and Ian McShane. Chapter 3 takes place right after John Wick 2 where Wick finds himself with a $14 million contact on his head, and he has to find a way to stay alive. Continue reading

avengers: endgame – it all comes down to this *spoilers ahead*

*SPOILERS ahead*

Avengers: Endgame is the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s the sequel to The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War. It’s directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, it stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper and Josh Brolin. This film is about the survivors of the previous movie and how they’re going to move forward with the damage Thanos has caused. Continue reading

shazam! – marvel at the other captain marvel

Shazam! is the latest from DC in their films. This one is directed by David F. Sandberg with a screenplay by Henry Gayden, stay by Gayden and Darren Lemke. The film stars Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou. It’s about a boy who can transform into an adult superhero by merely speaking the name Shazam! Continue reading

us – who are we really?

Us is the latest horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. The movie stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker. The film is about a family who’s confronted by doppelgangers of themselves and how they handle the situation. Continue reading

dumbo – you’ll believe an elephant can fly

Dumbo is the latest fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, it’s got a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, the film is inspired by the 1941 animated film of the same name, based on the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl. The film stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finn Hobbins and Alan Arkin. The movie is about a family that works at a traveling circus that’s seen brighter days, they get a new baby elephant with large ears who’s able to fly. Continue reading