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The Lion King (1994)

May. 07,1994
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8.5
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G
| Animation Drama Family
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A young lion prince is cast out of his pride by his cruel uncle, who claims he killed his father. While the uncle rules with an iron paw, the prince grows up beyond the Savannah, living by a philosophy: No worries for the rest of your days. But when his past comes to haunt him, the young prince must decide his fate: Will he remain an outcast or face his demons and become what he needs to be?

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filippaberry84
1994/05/07

I think this is a new genre that they're all sort of working their way through it and haven't got all the kinks worked out yet but it's a genre that works for me.

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Tayyab Torres
1994/05/08

Strong acting helps the film overcome an uncertain premise and create characters that hold our attention absolutely.

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Portia Hilton
1994/05/09

Blistering performances.

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Nicole
1994/05/10

I enjoyed watching this film and would recommend other to give it a try , (as I am) but this movie, although enjoyable to watch due to the better than average acting fails to add anything new to its storyline that is all too familiar to these types of movies.

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stevenrexfernandez
1994/05/11

Must watch. it's a favorite for many different reasons. a classic.

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BrittanyIafrate
1994/05/12

One of my favorite Disney movies of all time. Always will be. Although I cry every time I watch it.

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epie-45057
1994/05/13

I really enjoyed watching this movie with my 5 year old boy. The name of the song "circle of life" really defines the movie .

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alyssaj-31058
1994/05/14

The movie I chose to watch was, "The Lion King." After watching this movie, I was able to analyze the world views and themes of this contemporary movie. In this movie, the main character or hero was a lion named Simba. Near the end of the movie, Simbas's main goal is to get rid of his uncle, Scar, who is controlling his land and take back what belongs to him as king. The main adversary he had was Scar because he was controlling his family and territory and Simba had to learn to be strong and fight for what belongs to him. Simba's character flaw at first would be that he is afraid to move on from his past and step up as a leader. Simba's apparent defeat would be when he feels hopeless and lost because he is scared and confused about what to do about becoming king. When Nala comes to seek him for help, he is at first afraid and doubts himself because he is afraid that he will not have the strength to defeat Scar. The final confrontation would be between Simba and Scar when they are fighting on a cliff. At first Simba tells him to leave and never come back but Scar instead tries to kill Simba which results in them fighting. In the end, Simba wins and the he realizes how even though he was afraid of not being as great of a leader as his father was, he was just as great or even better because he reclaimed and restored his rightful territory. The result of his change would be that he finally regained his family and place as rightful king. Overall, I think the main theme would be that although the past can hurt(like when Simba's dad died), and no matter what you have done, we cannot run away from our problems, but rather confront them and choose to persevere. One part of the movie that shows evidence for the movie's moral or message was when Rafiki hit Simba in the head with his staff and told him that "sometimes the past can hurt." Rafiki taught him that although the past can hurt we have to persevere and move on to become who we were meant to be. I agree with this theme because many of us are going through hard times but it does not mean that we should give up or run away from our responsibilities. I think the only thing I would have done differently was go back sooner to help my family because I would feel responsible for them and my territory. I think that this movie coincides with biblical truth because Simba's father comes back in the form of clouds(like God might), to tell Simba that he lives inside Simba(like the Holy Spirit). He tells Simba that he has forgotten him and who Simba really is, just like some of us forget to remember God, our father. The only part that I thought might stray away from biblical truth would be when his father tells him that Simba needs to look inside himself, which as Christians we should look to God not ours,even for strength. By saying this I think they are trying to portray the worldview of Individualism, and how we do not need anyone to help us but maybe a reminder. I think that this movie ultimately condemns evil because in then end Simba defeats his uncle, Scar and takes back what truly belonged to him. I think the main world views in the movie are Post-Modernism and Christianity. I think that they arr portraying the world view of Post-Modernism in it a little because they have the characters of Timon and Pumbaa telling Simba, that "when the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world." They also teach him the famous "Hakuna Matata" song which talks about having no worries in life and living how you want. I think that the movie also portrays some aspects of Christianity because when Simba is talking to his dad in the clouds, he tells Simba that he must take his place in the circle of life and remember who he is, because Simba is his son and "the one true king." In my opinion, this portrays the world view of Christianity because he is basically telling Simba that he needs to remember his purpose in life and remember that he is the one true king, which sounds like Jesus who is the one true king, which we are told about in the Bible. I think that a positive element would be that the movie portrays some positive themes like how we should persevere through all the hurts and roadblocks in our lives. I think a negative element would be that they include the part of Hakuna Matata, and saying how it is okay to live a life care free, and only worrying about oneself. I think that I would recommend this movie to most people and kids because it has a positive message and is rated PG which is appropriate for most ages.

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