A Kenyan Pride- The Lion King Film Review

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The Lion King Courtesy Wikipedia

The Lion King Courtesy Wikipedia

Bringing a remake to life with the current technology and intelligent audience can be quite a challenge.

Luckily the story of The Lion King remains untouched and Director Jon Favreau delivers a the old age father-son story with its original touch of family bonding, for the Pride.

The Lion King is the story of King of the jungle Mufasa and the principles and morals he passes down to his son Simba.

Simba is like your typical young child who wants to grow up fast, is innocent and pure from the heart. His uncle Scar takes advantage of this naivety and lays a trap for father and son and Mufasa dies.

Simba feels guilty and ends up with new friends Pumba and Timon. They help cheer him up and until he becomes an adult they are all one three happy family. Nala, who is Simba’s childhood friend and now sweetheart finds him and convinces him to return to the Pride and overthrow Mufasa.

The choice of voices for the characters has been brilliant. Danny Glover as Simba, Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumba, Billy Eicher as Timon and James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

Director Jon Favreau had proven his talent and vision through the Netflix production of The Jungle Book (2016) and gave us a taste of what was to come.

The use of technology to create the real life characters has been awesome and the savannah plains inspired from Kenya, are gorgeous.

The film remains true in script to the original. Perhaps a few new scenes relevant to today’s generation would have been more interesting, for example the song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” could have become a more digitally enhanced dream sequence.

Otherwise for the next 25 years we are set until the next remake of The Lion King.

Delightful Determination, Breathe Film Review

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Breathe Courtesy The Vulture

Breathe Courtesy The Vulture

Andrew Garfiled is just so sweet. Claire Foy is such a hard working beauty. Meet the couple of Breathe.

The film is the true story of Robin Cavendish’s determination to live an honourable life after been diagonsed with polio. In his adventure, he is assisted by his wife Diana Blacker and their bunch of crazy friends.

This heart warming story starts in Kenya in 1958 where Robin falls ill and is told that he has a few months to live. He goes into depression but his wife gives birth to their son Jonathan and she convinces Robin to find a way to live.

Their determination leads to the invention of the wheel chair by Teddy Hall and Robin lives a full life as possible, passing away at the age of 64.

Andrew is sweet as the 28-year-old Robin facing the dreadful conclusion for his inevitable death.

Claire who is famous for being Queen Elizabeth in The Crown, shines throughout as his wife.

Tom Hollander plays a double role of Diana’s twins, Bloggs and David. His British sense of humor is too good.

Hugh Bonnville comes in as the inventor Teddy Hall and he is much fun.

The Game of Thrones actors Diana Rigg (Olyenna Tyrell) and Dean-Charles Champman (Tommen Baratheon) feature in as Lady Neville and the older son Jonathan Cavendish.

The film has been produced by Robin’s son, Jonathan and it has been directed by the multi-talented Andy Serkis.

Breathe is a beautiful love story that inspires you that no matter what, never give up on life and if you have a wonderful partner and awesome friends, life is cool.