The Lion King 3D – Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on July 29, 2011 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Don Hahn
DIRECTOR – Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
WRITER – Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts
VOICE CAST – Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella
MUSIC – Hans Zimmer
Simba takes his place in the circle of life in 3D. The much-loved saga of Simba, Timon, Pumba, Mufasa and Scar comes back after seventeen years with enhanced sound effects and visuals in 3D.
For those who haven’t seen it yet, Lion King is a story of a little cub (Simba) who is led to wrongly believe that he is responsible for his father’s (Mufasa) death, by his uncle (Scar). Disheartened and wracked with guilt, the little cub leaves his kingdom which his father ruled with courage and compassion and which is now taken over by the conniving Scar. He finds friends in a little hyena and stinky skunk who are living similar outcast lives away from their communities. Together they live it up with their philosophy of ‘Hakuna Matata’, meaning ‘no worries’.
Years pass by non-chalantly. Until one day, Simba’s past comes calling. He is faced with an opportunity to move on or move away. In his choice lies his true freedom and true coming-of-age.
Audiences world-wide have loved the film for its warm story and touching theme. Its story is known to be inspired by stories from the Bible and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The film carries the wealth of these texts ably and invests its own layers of depth making it a story for all ages and times.
Did a film as rich in its text and tender in its telling really need 3D? Not really. The substance of Lion King lies in its story and loveable characters. Its sub-texts of choice, responsibility and coming-of-age dilemmas draw a wonderfully human animal world that children and adults alike love to revel in. Visually it offers little for transformation into a larger than life panorama. Also, unfortunately the original 2D format offers little space for a fully satisfying 3 D experience.
So 3D may not be a fantastic reason to watch it on its re-release, but of course, any reason to revisit this classic gem is good enough, isn’t it?