What's up, guys? Tigerfan45 here, and I'm back again. A couple weeks ago, I talked about movies about dinosaurs that I enjoy, so, this time I'm gonna cover another one of my favorite animals: The lion, the King of the Beasts. Enjoy!
#1: The Lion King
You didn't think I'd forget this one, did you? You guys know how much I praise The Lion King as an animated classic, and declared it as being my all-time favorite movie. And, why wouldn't it be? The voice acting is very good, like James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Jeremy Irons as Scar, and Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella as Timon and Pumbaa. All of them do great jobs with who their supposed to be. Mufasa is a very wise king and father figure, Scar is very diabolical, and charming, and Timon and Pumbaa are very funny. Even the hyenas manage to get a good laugh out of me, especially when Banzai and Ed bicker, and the hyenas crack food-related puns. Also, there's the message about taking responsibility in life, where Simba actually chooses to embrace his calling and end his lazy days to save the Pride Lands from Scar's tyranny. This is a great lesson to be teaching kids, and it never feels like the filmmakers are shoving it down your throat. And, best of all, the film has an amazing soundtrack. Hans Zimmer's score perfectly matches the setting of the film, and the songs are amazing. "Circle of Life" is grand and majestic, "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" and "Hakuna Matata" are bouncy and fun, "Be Prepared" is catchy and Diabolical, and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" is soothing and romantic. Honestly, I don't know what more to say about it. I adore it. I've seen it a million times, and I'm gonna watch it a million times more. And, that remake has a lot of work to do, if it's gonna measure up.
I remember watching Pride a lot, when I was a kid. As a kid, I loved it. And, as an adult, I still love it. I like how, even though the animals talk, it feels very much like a nature documentary. Suki, herself is a very likable character, and, I like her character arc. At first, she was reluctant to hunt, but, when her pride was in very big trouble, she stepped up to the plate, and hunted to help them. I also thought that her brother, Linus was very enjoyable, particularly when he was a cub. And, the voice acting is very good, with the best voices being Kate Winslet as Suki, Helen Mirren as Macheeba, and John Hurt as Harry. Dark and Harry make for a great set of villains, particularly Harry, who reminded me very much of Dark. So, overall, I really enjoy Pride. I'll be sure to watch it plenty more times in the future.
#3: The Ghost and the Darkness
This movie stands out from the first two in that in this one, the lions don't talk. Also, this movie is based on a true story: the man-eating Lions of Tsavo. First up, the suspense and action work very well. You're rooting throughout the film, hoping that these lions will be caught, and that the workers can resume their work. Val Kilmer does a very good job as Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Patterson, and, the other actors do very good jobs. And, the ending is very satisfying. Overall, I highly recommend The Ghost and the Darkness. It's definitely worth checking out.
#4: Born Free
Born Free is yet, another lion-related movie I enjoyed as a kid. I remember checking it out from my local library a lot as a kid, and watching it over and over again. And, much like The Ghost and the Darkness, this one is also based on a true story. In this case, it's about an orphaned lioness named Elsa, who was raised by humans, and rehabilitated to life in the wild. I like the fact that it was actually filmed on location, in Kenya. The main characters are very likable, and, you side with them, and hope that they succeed in returning Elsa to the wild. The acting is well done, and, the story is well-paced. So, overall, I really like Born Free. I say it's definitely worth checking out.
#5: The Wild
Much like Dinosaur, The Wild is often thought of as just a cheap attempt by Disney to cash in on another movie's success. In this case, people say it's just a ripoff of Madagascar. And, while I can see some very obvious similarities, I really enjoy this movie. The jokes are very creative and funny. Yes, there are some jokes that are pretty stupid, but, there are lots of really funny jokes, as well. I remember that a lot of characters get some very good one-liners, like when Nigel always gets angry about that toy that was based off him. I also thought that the villain, Kazar, was very enjoyable. But, I also loved the relationship between Samson and Ryan. It was very touching and well-developed, and, it reminded me very much of Mufasa and Simba's relationship. I could also understand the conflict that both of them go through. For Samson, he feels that since he's not really from the wild, he can't fight, but, with a little help from Benny, he regains his confidence. Ryan was also sympathetic with his dilemma about not being able to roar, because at first, he stank, but, when his dad was in real trouble, he managed to find it. The voice acting is also very good, particularly Kiefer Sutherland as Samson, Eddie Izzard as Nigel, and William Shatner as Kazar. So, while I can see the similarities to Madagascar, I really enjoy The Wild. I'll be sure to watch it plenty more times.
And, those are the movies I like, that center on the king and queen of beasts. Are there other lion-related movies you think of that I should check out? If so, leave them in the comments. See ya around!