The Lion King (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Lion King (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Disney remake train continues and next up is the oddest of the bunch so far – an animated remake of an animated classic.  Okay I say classic but in truth I’ve never seen the original The Lion King.  Yes.  I know.  But that aside it seemed like an odd choice… especially as for the most part I’m assured its near shot for shot remake.  So… was it worth it?  Well yes.  As a film in its own right the 2019 Lion King is a technical marvel that honestly leaves you jaw dropped to the floor.  It updates a few jokes, has a cracking voice cast (I could have done with Beyonce to be honest) and overall entertained the hell out of me.  This will get a new generation of fans for Disney and the Lion King story and shows that The house of the mouse is a true box office king.

Best Bit: Hakuna Matata

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The Lion King (1994), Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016)

 


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The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Re-shoots, changes of director and overruns didn’t bode well for Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms and for sure it feels like the sum of lots of parts.  That said at just over and hour and a half in length and a very game cast there’s quite a lot to enjoy here. Knightly especially seems to revel in her campy Sugar Plum role.  Foy is great and the production design top notch, it’s just a shame that  Nutcracker just lacks that special something to take the film from good to great.

Best Bit: Keira Knightly

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Beauty And The Beast (2017), Aladdin (2019), Cinderella (2015)

 


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Beauty And The Beast (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Beauty And The Beast (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s fair to say that watching the live action Beauty And The Beast that it feels like Emma Watson was born to be a Disney princess.  Her doe eyes, freckles and boundless charm feel make her perfectly cast in the role of Belle.  What’s more Belle brings a fair degree of independence as is far away from being a helpless passenger here.  She’s the best thing about this highly enjoyable entry in the Disney Live Action Remake franchise.  Beyond Watson the film is well directed, the support cast are charming, the effects for Beast flawless and the songs well staged. If it has a fault it’s that it seemingly adheres too much to the animated film.  This aside, there’s loads to enjoy here and no doubt the film will charm kids by the bucket load.

Best Bit: Emma Watson

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), Beauty And The Beast (1991)

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Author: Phil Hobden

Petes Dragon (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Petes Dragon (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The original Pete’s Dragon was never one of my favourite Disney films. It was okay.  But nothing more.  Considering how much success Disney have had of late with adapting their own animated to live action, I had high hopes they could deliver something better here.  Sadly however I was once again left with an overriding feeling of Meh!.  It’s nothing specific – the cast and effects are both good – but the film and it’s central story of a boy and his dragon just didn’t connect.  Was the same for my seven year old daughter also… let’s hope the upcoming adaptations are more successful. 

Best Bit: The Dragon is well realised

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Cinderella (2015), Beauty And Beast (2017), Pete’s Dragon

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Author: Phil Hobden

The Jungle Book (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Jungle Book (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Jungle Book is a good remake.  It has one of the best moments of ANY film this year (hint: ‘I wanna Be Like You’). It has several laugh out loud sequences.  It has Bill Murray. It also has several moments that scared the bejesus out of my six year old. BUT, and here’s the rub, it lacked heart.  Don’t get me wrong it’s performed beautifully and the FX work rate as some of the best ever put on screen but the film just didn’t ‘Grab’ me, I didn’t care as much as I should.  Maybe it’s the hardening of the original story or the side effect of taking a much loved property and remaking it. It’s not a bad film and it was enjoyable however.  So overall: older kids will marvel, younger kids will hide and adults will probably just go ” Let’s watch the Disney original!”.

Best Bit: Walken sings!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Jungle Book, Cinderella (2015), Pete’s Dragon (2016)

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Author: Phil Hobden