2019 is shaping up to be quite the year for film remakes, with everything from classic horror to childhood favorites getting a second chance on the silver screen. If you’re like me, this might cause some mixed feelings. For example, I have fond memories of watching the Lion King on Friday nights with a bowl full of popcorn placed precariously on my lap — and what I saw of the 2019 version just didn’t gel with that mental image. It took some time for me to realize that a remake might not be so bad after all.
Let me take you through my journey from a naysayer to a fan. First, we need to take a quick trip back to 2017 when I first heard about the movie.
Step 1: Annoyance
What do you mean they’re making a live action Lion King? Ugh! I bet they’re going to go for that hyper-realistic CGI look. Back in my day animated films had character. They had a distinctive style. What’s with all these studios going for hyper-realism? They’ll do anything to play the nostalgia card! Well, I’m not going to fall for it. If they really wanted to make a live action Lion King, they could just make another Hamlet!
Step 2: Bargaining
Alright, I guess I can find out more about the cast. Wait, James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa? Donald Glover as Simba? And hold on — Beyoncé as Nala?
That’s actually really cool! I mean, with a cast like that, it surely won’t be a bad movie, right? These are some really talented people after all. And with Jon Favreau directing, it’ll probably stay true to the original. He did a pretty good job with Jungle Book a few years back.
Step 3: Acceptance
Okay, so this is happening, and it actually looks pretty good. The realistic CGI gives the movie a different feel, but it’s not a bad thing. There’s something magical about seeing a real ‘live’ lion talk. And from what I’ve seen in the trailers, it’s staying pretty close to the original. This is actually going to be fun.
Step 4: Excitement
Just two more weeks till the movie comes out! All the cast interviews are amazing, and I’m just waiting for the tickets to drop because I’ve cleared a weekend for this.
It’s going to be so interesting to see what they change and what they keep the same! I bet a whole new generation of kids are going to fall in love with this story, and I can’t wait!
From annoyance to excitement, the ride to accepting a remake is more of a roller coaster than a pleasure cruise. But once you get over that knee-jerk reaction, you have space in your heart to fall in love with your favorite movie all over again.