While "The Lion King" is one of the best Disney movies of all time, "The Lion King 3D" is a manipulative exploitation to bring paying parents back with their kids merely through the sexiness of today's 3D fad.
This is a review of the 3D not the film. It shouldn't be added here. The reviewer clearly states that The Lion King is one of the best Disney movies of all time, but gives this 3D version a negative rating.
Sep 17 - 06:04 PM
This movie had already been made years ago. The only reason they're revisiting it is because it was made into 3D. So yeah, the 3D is the only thing worth reviewing this time around.
Sep 18 - 02:14 AM
The critic is free to review whatever he likes. He can write a review of just the editing if he wants to. However, RT should only include reviews that review the movie as a whole with all its aspects. Otherwise the consensus numbers for the movie (Tomatometer and average rating) become meaningless.
Oct 16 - 11:20 AM
This is not a good reason at all to give this film a bad review.
And the 3D was good. A lot better than what most critics are making it out to be. This is for the fans.
Sep 17 - 08:22 PM
"This is for the fans," as in, "This is for a quick buck."
Sep 26 - 12:47 AM
My question is, why does the intention of the filmakers or movie theaters matter? Of course they're trying to make money and get people in to enjoy the experience again. Does everything in theaters have to be new? What is wrong with the concept of bringing back older films so we can all enjoy them in the theaters again. A rare occurrence. The problem with reviewers like you is that you're so focused on the conspiracy of it all, just tell us what you thought about the film itself not what you think about hollywoods manipulation.
Oct 7 - 10:26 PM
"Why does the intention of the filmakers or movie theaters matter?"
It's more like the intention of the global profit-making enterprise Disney that matters. As American consumers in a struggling economy, we need to ask ourselves WHY we should go and spend our hard earned money on this.
I'm a little shocked people aren't seeing right through this and getting angry that this is a reflection of how big businesses see us-- mindless cattle that will throw their money to the wind with a simple drop of the word "nostalgia." We all own the movie at home people. And it's glorious. What's even more glorious is that you can watch it as many times as you like and not spend more money on it.
Disney is being the cereal corporation that does heavy advertising for their brand new Fruit Loop flavor and fancy packaging.... and guess what? It still tastes like Fruit Loops. But suddenly we're all screaming, crying children in a frenzy that want it.
I agree with the critic. Besides, his job is to review what's in theaters now. And what's in theaters now? Lion King? Nope. Lion King 3D!
Oct 10 - 12:10 AM
Ok, I won't defend this review. It shouldn't be on here.
Sep 17 - 11:35 PM
Honestly, why would you submit a review in which the score is largely based on the 3d aspect of the movie? If you had a problem with the story/the movie itself, that'd be fine even though the story is terrific, but...gosh, the nerve of some people....
Sep 17 - 11:47 PM
Thing is, it wasn't his choice for the original and the 3D version to be merged. You'd have to take that up with RT. But I understand fully where he's coming from. The use of 3D serves no purpose but to reel in more money. Not to mention the 3D is so sub par, it feels completely unnecessary.
Sep 18 - 06:03 AM
The 3D isn't subpar, it's just not gimmicky. I'd rather take kids to see this than another Spy Kids. Drum 'em all out, Disney.
Sep 18 - 09:15 PM
The Lion King was released in theaters Summer 1994. I'm pretty sure there aren't too many "paying-parents" bringing their college-aged kids back to see it 18 years later. Some of us may be using our parent's funds to relive the nostalgic experience with fellow college friends if that's what you mean ;)
Sep 19 - 06:20 AM
Anyone could have written this review without seeing the movie.
Sep 19 - 11:19 AM
This shouldn't be here. You said yourself that the movie is a classic, and that's what the Tomatometer is about.
Sep 19 - 11:22 AM
I agree with the people who are saying that reviews of just the 3-D aspect of an originally 2-D film shouldn't be included here (or at the very least, critics who are reviewing the movie anew for this rerelease should judge the movie, not the 3-D).
Sep 19 - 09:16 PM
Don't get me wrong, mate, I totally agree with you, and I absolutely hate how this made #1 in the box office when there are clearly other better movies (and not just because this is a re-release, but also story-wise, in general) showing out there. Honestly, though, I feel like I have to both applaud and criticise you for this; the motives of Disney have absolutely no relevance to the movie (although, like I've stated, I agree. This was such a dick move, and stay tuned for more) and I know writing this must have hurt your 'critic' credibility in a way (I reckon rottentomatoes simply shouldn't have counted this a legit review), but it had to be said, and thank god you said it, anyway.
Sep 20 - 08:17 AM
This is a lot of bull. You give the film itself a rotten review just because you're complaining that releasing in 3D is trying to take even more people's money? Crappy reviewers like you disgust me.
Sep 20 - 02:41 PM
I typically disagree with these rotten reviews as they rarely ever have a legitimate reason to dislike the film. (See: Armond White)
However, I think this was a fairly decent review. It's not his fault that RT merged the original/3D pages together. Considering this is simply the same film "NOW IN 3D!!!$$$$$$$$", I'm pretty sure it's entirely reasonable that he based his review upon the 3D aspect of the film. That's the point of the Lion King THREE DEE.
Sep 20 - 06:53 PM
But even if the 3-D was done poorly or was unnecessary, if the movie itself is still good then that in itself deserves a positive rating. The point of any review is to rate the work overall, and I don't see this as "Lion King in 3-D!" per se as much as "Lion King on the big screen, again." After all, families have the option of seeing it on 2-D as well. It just gives kids these days the chance to see a classic in theaters, which was Disney's aim. So the correct way of a critic to go about it would be to review how well the movie has stood the test of time.
Sep 21 - 03:13 PM
Not only for the 3-D but for the chance to take my daughter to see it on the big screen as well. I don't think the critic's cynical view of things should merit giving a great movie a poor review based solely on the opinion of the 3-D aspect of it. Any critic who gives a movie a poor review on the basis of their own cynicism and not the quality of the movie itself, shouldn't have a job as a critic.
Sep 21 - 09:00 AM
I don't care about the 3D either. But you should review the movie, not Disneys' advertising tactics.
Sep 21 - 08:25 PM
The question this reviewer helps answer is not whether the Lion King is a good story. We all are familiar with that. More to the point: is it worth spending $15 to go see a movie that I still have on VHS? The only difference is the 3D, so I am happy to have a review that addresses the issue of the 3D.
Oct 5 - 05:35 PM
LOL at people attacking the critic when hes absolutely right. Most 3D is crap, they only released this to make MORE money due to their greed..Sadly you idiots can't even see it..What makes it even worse is that you actually defend it.
Sep 22 - 01:21 PM
Is the 3D no good - should we just watch 2D instead? Will my little neices and nephew's like it? They have not seen the film yet. Is it worth it to see this one in 3D digital for the atmosphere?
Sep 24 - 09:50 AM
Disney obviously isn't hurting for money. If you view disney re-releasing one of their best films as "greedy" and not an opportunity to share its majesty with a new generation in a slightly new medium, then you're clearly not the target audience. Calling people idiots because they disagree with you is more telling about you,david f, than the people you seek to insult.
Sep 24 - 03:47 PM
I agree with most of the critics here....what is there to review ..it is the same movie shown years ago...and Why pay to see your kids nauseate..from this 3D thing..
Sep 25 - 08:10 PM
my kid enjoys the 3D, she had never seen Lion King and I wanted to see it again. I enjoyed taking my kid to go see it and I thought it was worth the money. If I had tried to rent it, then I would have had to deal with a scratched up disc. Good movie, thought the 3d was done well mostly in the beginning.
Sep 30 - 04:05 PM
Exactly. 3D for profit. What's wrong with that? It's a business.
Sep 25 - 09:22 PM
All for exploitation and some quick bucks..sadly it worked.
Hate this 3-D fad.
Sep 26 - 03:51 PM
you said it at the start, its a good film. full stop
Sep 27 - 01:20 AM