films of 1994, alongside Forrest Gump. However, anyone who has watched Confused Matthew’s three-part video review of The Lion King knows that it has many serious flaws. You can watch it at https://123moviesgo.ga/.
Problems with The Lion King
To be fair, the film’s animation is superb and the songs are all quite memorable, but the story is hollow and the emotional core of it is oddly vague. Why is Simba such a rude character, but the audience is supposed to feel sorry for him? Why does Simba think he’s responsible for his father’s death when it was clearly not his fault? Why doesn’t any lioness even question Scar’s assertion that Simba and Mufasa died by accident? Why are Timon and Pumbaa considered good guys?
How to Fix The Lion King’s Flaws
There is a simple way to fix several of The Lion King’s biggest flaws. Just switch the order of the way this movie is told so that the middle part comes before the beginning. After all, this movie came out the same year as Pulp Fiction, which turned chronologically linear storytelling on its head. Surely Disney could take a risk and tell a story out of order.
The Lion King has a brilliant opening scene in which the audience is introduced to several main characters and the lush beauty of the pride land. This opening shouldn’t change at all. But once the title hits and everything fades to black, the audience should read a message saying, “16 years later” or however long it takes a lion to grow up.
At this point, the camera should focus on Simba as an adult after he has met Timon and Pumbaa in exile. Then he’ll meet Nala and she’ll demand that he return and take his rightful place as king. He’ll refuse because he’s ashamed of his past, but be unable to talk to her about it.
Reordering Events Builds the Drama
This way, the audience is held in suspense about what is going on. One problem with the way the movie is set up right now is that the audience already knows everything that Simba is trying to hide from Nala by this point in the movie, so they’re just waiting for him to figure out that he wasn’t really responsible for his father’s death and take revenge on Scar.
If the order of events is switched, though, then there is actual concern and interest in finding out what has happened to keep Simba from being king, as he should have been.
As Simba sulks away and complains that Nala could never understand why he can’t go back to the pride land, the film can then do a flashback to the chronological start to show what happened in Simba’s childhood. Mufasa’s death should be staged better so that Simba can plausibly believe that he is responsible for his father’s death.
And then the film can return to the present and give Simba a reason to return and face his demons to reclaim his kingdom. Isn’t that much more satisfying and dramatic? The filmmakers could even remove Timon and Pumbaa completely from the story, if they wanted.