[Spoiler] The Lion King Movie Review

After 25 years, Disney released the live action version of my childhood favorite movie, The Lion King. This cartoon movie shows real life lessons, such as taking the responsibilities of your father and in translation, being the man of the house; but in Lion King terms, being the king of Pride Rock. The movie also portrays family jealous and disloyalty. It shows falling in love with your childhood friend (but really Nala’s his sister, but that’s a story for another time). So many life lessons in an animal talking cartoon movie can be accounted for in real life. The original movie grossed over $700 million  worldwide, it was translated in 44 languages and made $9 billion on Broadway. Now let’s get to the movie review.

The Cast

As we all know, Beyonce plays older Nala and Donald Glover plays older Simba. I was hoping that Beyonce wouldn’t over sing her parts and speak her parts wrong, (because let’s be realistic…she can’t act that well) BUT……….. she didn’t disappoint. I feel like James Earl Jones (Mufasa), could’ve been more passionate. I love how Simba (JD McCrary) improvised his lines such as “I got this” to make the film seem more modern. Nala (Shahidi Wright Joseph) played her part well and has a beautiful voice just like JD. Zazu (John Oliver) could’ve been more comedic to me. Rafiki (John Kani) was more of a serious wise character instead of the energetic, silly, semi-crazy wise character in the original. Scar sounded less intimidating but looked just as scary in the real life depiction. 

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Donald Glover played older Simba well, so well that he almost didn’t sound like himself during the fight scene. The hyenas weren’t comedic like they were in the original film. I expected Keegan Michael Key to be more funny buuuuuuuuuuut he wasn’t. I will say that Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) held the standard for their roles and were indeed funny.

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What I Didn’t Like

Of course the film was good but it wasn’t GREAT! I didn’t like how some of the characters weren’t as passionate in the original. One of the factors of that is…the characters don’t have facial expressions. Since this is a real-life depiction of The Lion King, it kind of reminded me of a show on Animal Planet. There is little mouth movement which is understandable for the film but it’s still weird.

 

What I did like

The music! The new versions of “Hakuna Matata”, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, “Circle of Life” and “Remember” are EVERYTHING. The best characters throughout the movie are of course Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. I like how it is 70% the same as the original. I love how authentic everything looked. I respect the effort and time it took to create such a realistic film.

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The Power of CGI!

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The fact that the scenery, animals and even the skyline looked like I could physically be there, was amazing!! John Favreau did a damn good job on that. I watched Can You Feel The Love Tonight Special With Robin Roberts earlier in the week and John, and the cast, talked about how they used virtual reality gear to depict the actual scenery.

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I would go see the movie again, just in case there were things I didn’t catch the first time. I would rate this movie a 7.5. It is a classic film but it was as realistic as we wanted it to be.

What are your thoughts?

Comment them below and let me know!

 

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Toy Story 4 Review

If you’re a fan of the previous Toy Storys, Tom Hank, Tim Allen and childhood humor, then you’ll love this movie. Originally, I thought the movie was going to be trash because it was about a spork BUT I thought wrong.

Spoiler/Synopis:

The movie is about Woody’s new kid, Bonnie. She makes a spork in class on her first day of kindergarten and deems it as her favorite “toy.” Forky is his name and he doesn’t understand the concept of being a toy, but instead being trash, since that’s how he was created. In the midst of a road trip, him and Woody get lost from Bonnie and just when they find her, they go into an antique shop, where they find Bo Peep’s lamp. Woody thinks he can find her in there but instead he finds Gabby Gabby, the “villian” of the movie. She wants Woody’s speaker box because hers is old, and if hers is newer and fresh then a little girl would want to take her home. Woody wasn’t originally down with that swapping so he tried to escape from her and he does but Forky gets left behind. While Woody is trying to think of a plan to get back Forky, and keep up with where Bonnie is, he finds Bo Peep. She’s out exploring the world, being an independent woman and importantly not tied to a child. She helps Woody rescue Forky and also opens his eyes to the world and that there’s so much to see outside of a kid’s bedroom. The movie ends with Woody rescuing Forky and making it back to Bonnie in time before she heads home. Woody decides to stay with Bo and leave Buzz, Jessie and and the whole squad.

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What The Movie Captured

For starters, Woody isn’t the head huncho in charge anymore. He had to take the back seat on being the sheriff in Bonnie’s room. Another doll is in charge and Woody also isn’t the favorite anymore, which is out of the ordinary. The movie also captured Woody really going out of his way to make Forky feel welcomed as a toy and explaining to him his worth as Bonnie’s favorite new toy. 

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Sidebar: Each movie has a villain or antagonizer, for example; Sid was crazy creeper kid in the original Toy Story, Stinky Pete was the sneaky one in Toy Story 2, Lotso in Toy 3 and now Gabby Gabby in this movie.

I like how the writers captured Bo being independent and not following behind Woody. Her character hit a full 360 from being quiet nurturing Bo, to being exploring-the-world-not-attached-to-any-child Bo Peep. 

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The comedy that the movie brought was awesome! Jordan Peele and Keegan Key playing Bunny and Ducky and doing their typical chemistry comedy. Keanu Reeves playing Duke Caboom. Forky just being new to life and not having a clue was adorably funny and Buzz Lightyear getting in touch with his inner thoughts but really it’s the programmed catch phrases on his body.

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What I would’ve liked, especially with this being the so-called last movie, is for Woody to find Andy. Andy could have a family now, Woody could make an appearance in his life, creep him out a bit by talking, show him some love, then go back to exploring the world with Bo. 

Overall, I loved the movies, even thought I didn’t think I would and it brought out my inner childhood. 

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Have you seen the movie? If so, how did you like it?

 

Danii Gold out!

 

 

 

Aladdin Review

If you’re a 90’s baby like myself, then you truly loved and enjoyed Disney movies, one in particular Aladdin. During that time, Princess Jasmine was the closest thing to a Disney brown skin princess besides Pocahontas, which was nice to see, me being a woman of color. This movie would make you feel like a kid again.

The intro starts off pretty similar to the original movie, except Disney added the genie, played by Will Smith, telling the story of Aladdin in the beginning. Genie also was telling the story to his two children which will be a significance at the end of the film. Of course the real life action movie couldn’t be an exact replicate of the original but that’s what made it so great! The fact that the story line was still in tact plus Disney showcased the Arabian culture with their clothing and dancing style which was good because it’s nice to see the lifestyle of other cultures.

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Disney addressed women’s right in a sense. When Jafar wanted to take over and be the Sultan, Jasmine brought up the fact that she could be the Sultan. Of course the idea was shot down but towards the end of the film she got the respect she deserved as the female Sultan.

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Will Smith is dope! Of course that is obvious but I had to say it. He didn’t try to be like Robin but instead, he acted like his normal goofy self. Will is usually a great big ball of in energy, especially when his character as Fresh Prince. He played a sentimental role and honestly, the film wouldn’t have been comedic or as relevant without him. 

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The actor and actress who played Aladdin and Jasmine perfected A Whole New World. Them singing the song brought back so many childhood memories. Besides that song, all the other songs were brought to life and were sang to perfection. Will Smith even threw his own twang and beat boxing to the songs. 

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Of course the creation of the movie wouldn’t be visually appeasing without CGI (computer-generated imagery), from the genie’s appearance, to Abu’s appearance, to EVERYTHING else in between. God bless CGI because it truly made the cartoon film come to life.

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As a whole, the film was dope! I do wish that the characters were more brown skin but they weren’t too far off. The music was on point and so was the culture depiction. I tried not to give too many spoilers so others can still go see the movie and still read this beforehand.

I encourage everyone to go see the movie, especially if you were a 90’s baby. I give them movie 5 stars!

Danii Gold out!

[DELUX Mag] Nobody’s Fool Movie Review

I went to see Tyler Perry’s new movie Nobody’s Fool. Check out my review below on DeluxMag.com:

Tyler Perry released his first Rated R movie—Nobody’s Fool over the weekend—and I decided to check it out. Mainly because Tiffany Haddish is the best female comedian out right now.

The movie is about Danica (played by Tika Sumpter) dating a guy named Charlie online but has never met him before. Her sister Tanya (played by Tiffany Haddish) gets out of jail and finds out that her sister could possibly be getting catfished, so she decided to intervene and call Nev & Max from the show Catfish.

Of course, things didn’t add up…at the time, so Danica was feeling down. In between time. she goes to this coffee shop every morning before work to get her coffee and Frank, played by Omari Hardwick, is feeling her. Unfortunately, she’s not interested because she is somewhat high maintenance and she just sees him as a coffee shop owner.

She finally comes to her senses—gets with Frank—then the real Charlie shows up. Danica entertains him, and it turns out he was all that she was expecting. So, she has to win Frank back over, which she eventually did in the end.

 

Here comes the critique….

Check out the rest of the story here..

http://deluxmag.com/nobodys-fool-movie-review/

Have you seen the movie? What are your thoughts? Comment them below or on the Delux Mag website.

Danii Gold out!

“Night School” Movie Review

Over the weekend I went to see Night School starring Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart. If you haven’t seen the million previews over the last few months, the movie is about Kevin Hart being a  high school dropout and he has to go back to high school because his job as a top salesman ended, due to him burning down the store. In order for him to work as a financial analyst at his friend’s company, he has to get his GED. But in the mean time, he’s working at fast food chicken spot. His nigh school teacher is Tiffany Haddish and she is TOUGH. She plays somewhat of a serious, which is different for her and I liked that. The story line is pretty predictable, because in the end he gets his GED..after 2-3 times of taking the test.

I feel like the jokes weren’t that funny. Yes, the movie had it’s funny parts but overall, I could’ve waited to see this movie on TV or come out on DVD. I like Tiffany Haddish role more than Kevin Hart because she played something reverse of what she usually does, which is comedy.

I will commend Kevin on producing this film under his HartBeat Productions Company; BUT, to me, he is not as funny as he use to be anymore. Yes, he has legendary jokes that we can still use to this day BUT I can’t think of any recent joke that has been truly funny. I would love to see him play a serious role in an action film, with limited comedy or limited typical Kevin Hart comedy, if that makes sense. 

Has Kevin Hart become unfunny? Let me know your thought below!

The BlacKkKlansmen Movie Review

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Over the weekend  I seen this movie and did NOT know that it was based on a true story. I really thought it was just another great movie that  Jordan Peele wrote and Spike Lee so happenedly directed BUT that was partially the case. The man character Ron Stallsworth, is played by John David Washington, which is Denzel Washington’s SON. Ron is a rookie at the Colorado Springs police department and is placed on special assignment when he persuaded the chief that the KKK needed to be investigated. He infiltrated the Klan by calling them (got the number from local newspaper, stupid right?) Since there wasn’t caller ID back then, Ron didn’t have to call private. He literally put on his “white voice” and got in.

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Ron used his “white voice” over the phone and had his white coworker actually go meet up with the klan and eventually join. There’s always one skeptical person and that was one of the Klansmen. He tried to intimidate the “white Ron Stallsworth” but it didn’t work.

The real Ron Stallsworth befriended a woman by the name of Patrice, from the Black Student Union at a local college and she was pro Black and down with the Black Power Movement. The police department tried to compare her and the  student union to the “dangerous” Black Panther Movement but they weren’t like that BUT even if they were, they would be fighting or equality and respect.

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Any who, the Klan was working on an attack towards the black student union, specifically Patrice because she was very vocal on the racism she faced, specifically from the Colorado Police Department, an officer that Ron was familiar with.  

Ron had spoken to the David Duke over the phone on multiple occasions. David Duke was the head of the Klan at the time and so happened to be a politician. He was granted the opportunity to meet him in person, as himself, as his security for the initiation of the white version of him being inducted into the Klu Klux Klan. Along with the initiation going on, that same day was the day that the KKK had planned to attack Patrice and the Student Union. Ron stopped the attacked and it ended up back firing on the people involved because they were the ones who ended up dying.

While investigating the KKK, There weren’t any cross burnings happening in that chapter, nor any hangings or other causes of death. Ron also helped the FBI identify missing weapons (that were used in the attempted attack) that were stolen by military members who were actually in the KKK as well. They were arrested.

What was educational about the movie?

  • The fact that it was a true story and the fact that you wouldn’t be able to do this now as easy due to technology.
  • The fact that they really thought that black people only talked a certain way. The klan said that black people say things like “shucking and jiving” AND EVEN MORE FUNNY, instead of saying “Are you going to the store to get some chicken” we say “Ar-uh”, like we really can’t say the word “are”. So judgmental, but are we surprised…nah.

Why was this funny?

  • This was funny because the Klan and any other racist people don’t give Black People enough credit for being just as smart and even smarter than them.
  • The Klan got GOT. Now’s who’s the dumb one.
  • Also, the fact the David Duke didn’t know he was talking to a black man over the phone and he was sooooo comfortable with the real Ron. Btw, David Duke was played by Topher Grace, who played Eric Forman on That 70’s Show.

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Why was the infiltration successful?

  • Ron saved lives
  • Ron prevented SOME cross burnings
  • He got a lot of intel

Why was the movie successful?

Well, it brought in  $10.8 Million opening weekend! 

I  really enjoyed this movie. It was informative, entertaining, kind of angering because of the language used, but overall it was a good movie.

What did you all think of the movie?

Comment below and let me know!

Danii Gold out!