I Don't Want To See The Live-Action Lion King Because Lightning Doesn't Strike Twice

I Don't Want To See The Live-Action Lion King Because Lightning Doesn't Strike Twice

It's an unpopular opinion, but I'll just stick with the animated one.


Yesterday, as I was prepping for my Thanksgiving meal with my family, I saw something on the TV that made me stop what I was doing and train my eyes onto the screen. I gasped in shock because I didn't know it was coming that day. It was the trailer for the live-action Lion King! It was finally here! I immediately ran into the living room to turn up the volume on the TV because I was so excited to see one of my favorite movies of all time come to life. I turned up the volume right as the "Circle of Life" started playing, and...

I felt very underwhelmed.

I just couldn't get behind it. "Circle of Life" is one of the most important and beautiful scenes in the original film, and with the CGI, it just looked cheap and not as powerful as the original animated scene. "Circle of Life" is one of the best moments of the film and Broadway show, and I simply don't believe that the CGI remake gives it justice. "Circle of Life" is a scene with a lot of heart and effort put behind it in order to create an opening which is not only one of the greatest scenes in animation history, but is also an emotionally powerful moment (Seriously, when I saw "Circle of Life" come to life in the Broadway show, my mom and I both broke down in tears. It was that incredible.). I'm not as moved by the CGI animals because, quite frankly, those things are everywhere in film nowadays, so I'm a little tired of them.

But "Circle of Life" isn't the main reason I don't want to see this remake. I've seen every remake Disney has ever released in theaters, and while those movies somewhat lacked the magic of the original films, I was able to find at least a few things I enjoyed about them. "The Jungle Book" had a much better storyline, "Pete's Dragon" was a surprisingly heartfelt journey, and I even enjoyed "Beauty and the Beast" (even though the original is infinitely better) and thought it was a gorgeous movie. But this time, I'm not excited about a remake. This time, I don't want to see a shot-by-shot reboot of a film which is pretty much all CGI.

"The Lion King" is a movie (and a Broadway show) that is very special to me. I think it's a wonder of animation and that it can never truly be fully recreated. When Disney released "The Lion King", they captured lightning in a bottle. The story is wonderful, the animation is top-notch, and the music is pretty much perfection. That kind of movie magic isn't redone easily, and sometimes it shouldn't be. "The Lion King" is one of those movies that's just best left as it is. It is an excellent movie, but Disney shouldn't be trying to remake it as a cash grab.

I would much rather prefer "The Lion King" to simply stay as it is, a wonderful film that makes lots of people very happy. The CGI tends to get a little cheap, and I don't think it's a story that needs to be redone. It was wonderful the first time, and it should stay wonderful that way.

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17 Ideas To Do On Your 22nd Birthday

When you're feeling 22, but need ideas of what to do.

"It seems like one of those nights. This place is too crowded, too many cool kids uh uh, uh uh. It seems like one of those nights. We ditch the whole scene and end up dreaming instead of sleeping...Yeah. We're happy free confused and lonely in the best way. It's miserable and magical oh yeah. Tonight's the night when we forget about the heartbreaks, it's time uh oh

o you don't know what to do for your 22nd birthday? You think, hey, I just turned 21 last year and got shwasted because I could finally 'legally' drink alcohol. So 22, isn't that big so what do I do to celebrate my 22nd birthday? Well for one, every birthday should be important to you because it's your day, a day that's all about you and it's the day that you were given life. You should celebrate every year because it's another year that you have lived, right? Why can't your 22nd be a bang, why couldn't your 22nd be bigger and better than maybe your 21st, 18th, or 16th? Here are some ideas that you could do on your 22nd if you're having a brain fart.

1. Get your friends together and go to a nice dinner

Food can never go wrong on your birthday.

2. Go to the movies

Go see the latest movie out, grab some popcorn and soda and have a friend tag along.

3. Dave and Busters

Arcade games for adults?! Enough said.

4. Go on a weekend trip somewhere

You have been dying to go somewhere for awhile, why can't your birthday be the perfect time to go on a getaway?

5. Take the day off from work/school

It's your BIRTHday, no need to work or go to school, it's your day to celebrate you and you don't need to work your butt off on that day.

6. Happy Hour with friends/family

Appetizers and beers, what else could you want?

7. Go to a brewery

Grab some brews with a couple of friends, be social on your day!

8. Bar/club scene

If you are into going down to the strip to go to a club or a bar to get wild, just do it on your birthday!

9. Have a beach party (if your birthday is in the summer)

Waves, sand, beach games, sounds like a blast to me!

10. Go go-karting

Who says you can't be a kid?

11. Trampoline park

Trampolines everywhere, dodgeball and basketball, why not do it on your birthday?

12. Winery

13. Go hiking

Why not see beautiful scenery on your special day?

14. Go to breakfast or brunch

If you love breakfast and lunch,combine them and grab a mimosa or a bloody mary while you're at it.

15. Do a spa day

Need relaxation and a little getaway, a spa day is perfect.

16. Get a hotel

Hotel on the beach? Where everything is in sight, why not?

17. Break out into your song of the day,

"I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22. Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you. You don't know about me, but I bet you want to. Everything will be alright if we just keep dancing like we're 22 uh uh ah ah ah 22 uh uh uh" by the one and only TayTay Swift

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5 Reasons You Need To Watch Oscar-Winning Short Film 'Period. End of Sentence.' On Netflix Right Now

"A period should end a sentence. Not a girl's education."


Woman or man, young or old, this will be one of the best-spent 26 minutes of your day. Monumental social conversations don't start on a national scale, but rather within the home. Just in case you need some more reasons to celebrate equality, independence, international human rights, and quiet strength, here's why you need to watch this documentary:

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In the West, being embarrassed by your time of the month likely involves walking quickly through the pad and tampon aisle at the store, and intentionally not making eye contact with anyone else around you. In developing countries, being on your period entails such immense shame that most girls and women either refuse to attend school or places of worship at all until it's over, or using random, potentially harmful pieces of fabric in hopes of managing it, all while still being the subject of ridicule by others for having stains on your clothing. This documentary works to shatter this taboo topic in India through cultural examination, community education, and female empowerment. Let's normalize it, shall we?

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You probably scroll through your Instagram and Twitter feeds for longer than it will take you to watch this film.

4. It Empowers Women And Shows The Incredible Change That Can Happen When Men Support Their Equals.


Instead of simply giving to those in need, this film stresses the impact and endless benefits of teaching a community how to sustain itself (and others!) for years to come, and how the education of both men and women alike can chip away at the self-issued power of an oppressive, patriarchal society.

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Created by students in a small California high school, the Pad Project works to connect women with the opportunity to tap into their full potential, while also reclaiming their right to understand that a period should not end their education, only a sentence like this one. Feeling inspired to help change some lives from the comfort of your own home? To learn more about how to get involved or to donate visit thepadproject.org to help provide jobs, training, and financial independence to women all across India in only a few clicks.

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