With the rerelease of The Lion King to theaters in new 3D format the question has to be whether or not to go see it. With the two week limited time frame and the surcharge on 3D tickets you have to know if it’s worth it. I saw The Lion King in 3D this past Saturday and now with The Lion King in theaters for a little over a week more I’d like to share my thoughts with you.
If you see only one 3D movie this year, The Lion King may not be the one to waste you money on. Hear me out. When it comes to the gimmicks of 3D technology and the wow factor of seeing a film in that format The Lion King falls flat. (Bad pun.) Yes everything had a new layer of depth but really that’s not worth the surcharge on a ticket. Especially when there are films where the 3D seems to reach right out of the screen.
So am I saying don’t see The Lion King 3D in theaters? Absolutely not! But see it for the right reasons; the nostalgia and sharing it with a new generation. I mean the Lion King has to be one of the best films Disney has ever made and, in my humble opinion, the crowning achievement of the Disney renaissance. When you watch it again you find yourself laughing all over again, crying at the same sad moments you saw when it first came out, and singing along the entire time. I had almost forgotten how amazing the characters where and how rich the landscape of the movie was. Seeing it on the big screen made me appreciate it that much more.
But what was really cool was being in a theater full of kids who were seeing it on the big screen for the first time EVER. They laughed at Timon and Pumba like I had as a child (still do). They were as sad as we were when Mufasa dies (Spoiler alert!) And all the kids cheer at the end when Simba takes back his kingdom. Basically it was proof that The Lion King did everything so perfectly the first time around that even 17 years later it felt brand new.
The Lion King in 3D is only out until September 30. Don’t miss a chance to relive the magic or to share the magic with a new generation.
Picture from http://www.disneydreaming.com.
DragynAlly is a Screenwriting MFA student and writer in progress. You can also check her out on her own blogThe Dragyn’s Lair.