It was the year 1994 that the epic Disney movie The Lion King roared its way into our lives. The story, the songs, the magic still resonates with us today. This weekend, we get to experience the magnificent adventure of Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa and the mighty Mufasa all over again with an updated version of the movie. I recently sat down with the youngest stars of the movie, JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph play the young Simba and Nala. We talked about feeling the love that is The Lion King.
Disney’s latest attempt at translating one of its classic animated films to live-action is a beauty, if a bit flawed.
For the live-action take, the script was tweaked to allow Belle to be even more independent (and less of a Stockholm Syndrome sufferer) and a late tweak include a couple of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it gay moments. Neither of these tweaks is a flaw.
Disney’s The Finest Hours tells the story of the most incredible rescue in Coast Guard history when a small boat with a crew of four rescued thirty-two men from the aft of a ripped in half tanker.
Chris Pine, the film’s star, presents a look at the real Coast Guard – men and women who put their lives on the line to rescue those who lose their way at sea. Check it out after the break. The Finest Hours opens tomorrow.
Bridge of Spies tells a story that unfolded over five years in a little under two-and-a-half hours. It’s the story of a man who was on the prosecutorial team at Nuremberg but had spent the time between then and 1957 as an insurance lawyer. Then he was asked to represent a Soviet spy and, in trying to do his job properly, became the second most hated man in America (after the spy) – until the Soviets shot down U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.
It’s a case where real life became something out of a John LeCarre spy novel.
The first half of Tomorrowland is a fun romp that will delight kids of all ages. Unfortunately, the second half is an abundance of ideas that, a few great action beats aside, will go over the heads of a large portion of the movie’s intended audience.
Yes, it’s a sports movie. And yes, there’s a ‘Big Race.’ But MacFarland USA is not just another sports movie. It’s a story of families – the ones we’re born into; the ones we build around us in our communities, and the ones that expand beyond even that.