The Lion King (1994)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Lion King (1994) from Walt Disney Pictures
Rated G. Animated, Drama, Royalty, Musical
2 Academy Awards: Best Music, Original Song and Original Score

Five Gold Stars

My thoughts: “You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life.”

As one of the great triumphs in an ended era of animated feature films, The Lion King tells the story of Simba, an adventurous young lion prince destined to become king after his noble father, Mufasa. However, Simba’s uncle Scar (not just a one-dimensional cartoony “bad guy” but a deftly crafted villain, in my book) is dead set on having the throne for himself. Speaking compellingly on multiple levels, to the young and old, The Lion King is fun and funny, simple and complex, tragic and majestic, with catchy and unforgettable songs as well as an Academy Award-winning score by Hans Zimmer, my favorite composer in film.



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