The Lion King Reviews
Good music mixed with the humor.The scenery is very animated and the story line goes like clockwork.
The Lion King couple gets to feel the joy, laughter and sadness.
The characters in this movie are also ideal for any family that appeal to many demographics, some include, wacky Zazu, paternal Mufasa, wise Rafiki and the classic characters of Timon and Pumbaa. This cast of characters is so diverse that it is widely acclaimed as one of the most groundbreaking casts ever, with a white son of two black actors and a same sex couple struggling to raise an adopted child. All of these story lines allow for this cast to mold into one like none that you have ever seen on any screen.
This movie is a very fast moving film, at some points it gives you the feel of a childrens adventure film, others it gives off the scent of your favorite romantic comedy but it also gives the testosterone filled action that every dad will enjoy as he watches this classic with his children. The universality of this movie is one of its strong suits, it has something for everyone in your family. You will never have to argue over which movie to watch again.
One of the most important lessons that your children can take from this movie is that you can never run from your responsibilities. Whenever they ask you, "mom can I skip my homework tonight?" You can simply respond, "Well honey, do you remember what happened to the Pridelands when Simba ran away? Do you want Daddy to die and your Uncle to move in and burn our house down?" You will never have to worry about your kids whining about doing chores again!!!
While this is an American treasure whos legacy will last forever, there is no denying that there are some drawbacks. One of which is that it promotes classism. Although your kids may not be aware of the political agendas present in this film, they do have a lasting impression on your kids. The classism is obvious from the very first scene of the movie when all of the species made the long trip to Pride rock in order to bow down to their supreme overlords who may eat them at any time. While it is a cool image in the movie, it can give your child an inflated sense of importance, for example, after watching this movie with their child, my neighbor had a lot of trouble controlling his son after he was sent home from school for running around and claiming that he, "ruled everything that the sun touches" while he was stealing others pencils and toys.
Another drawback that this movie has, in the past been seen to be emotionally scarring to some children. Even though this is a G rated movie, there is not a single person that has seen this movie who doesn't remember the overwhelming sadness that overcame them the first time they saw the tragic scene in the crevice. Just be aware of this scene when watching with small children, if they seem to act out afterwards, I would recommend seeking counciling, but I would say this is a cultural experience that you should not deprive your children of.
In conclusion, if you consider yourself a good parent, and your kids haven't watched this movie, please contact this number 800-252-2873 and tell them about it, they will be more than happy to help you out.