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To be honest I wasn't even aware there was another sequel to this film until recently. Usually the sequels are far worse and barely match the tone of the original but I think this film did a respectable job. Although it's not the best film I've ever seen, I think it kept the spirit of the original well enough intact and created a new story that was different enough to be interesting.
My friend saw this and told me how much he enjoyed it, I was pretty sceptical to be honest but decided to give it a watch on the flight I was on earlier this week. It was better than expected, obviously not Earth shatteringly good or anything but it was definitely enjoyable for what it was. I liked how they didn't take themselves too seriously, converting from cartoon to live action, and was very well humoured throughout. A pretty well balanced film, something both adults and kids can enjoy equally I think!
I have to to admit I was very bored watching this, not many redeeming features or memorable moments. I had also never seen so many cliches strung together in my life, the dialogue was so hammy and predictable that I just started to laugh after a while. Looked like a media students attempt at botching an X-men inspired movie together a week before its due-in date.
It was ok, but got quickly bored as it lacked the umph of the original movie, largely owing to the disconnect between the characters and their emotions. With them restricted to hyper realism, there was a distinct lack of emotional connection, so Simba looking terrified, sad or overjoyed all looked the same, and often took me out of the moment. Even more confusing was the fact that real animals tend to show a broader range on facial expressions and emotions than what was presented on screen with the CGI versions. Some of the songs also had to be heavily restrained due to hyper-realistic restrictions, such as Scars "Be Prepared" song. There were some alterations from the original which were understandable but kind of took the magic out of the film for me. Also, Pumbaa changing species to a baby bush pig in his flashback was a bit confusing, baby warthogs look like mini versions of their adult counterparts, not like baby bush pigs!
The effects were superb but wasn't enough to cover the faults of the film for me.