Title: The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride
Play time: 1h 21min
Director: Darrell Rooney
Screenwriters: Flip Kobler, Cindy Marcus
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Neve Campbell, Andy Dick, Moira Kelly
A Decent Sequel: The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride
It’s finally here. The much talked-about, long-awaited The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride, straight-to-video sequel to the 1994 animated masterpiece The Lion King has arrived on the video store shelves, and it is likely to stir some controversy. Many, including me, will contend that this weak little movie will undermine the brilliance of the original, spoil the experience, if you will. It won’t be a protest, but the thought will come to many a mind watching this.
The Family Feud Continues in Part 2
The lion family feuds continue here. Scar’s successor, Zira, has been plotting to take over the Pridelands and kill King Simba by sending her son (I think) Kovu to become “one of them” and then set the plot in motion by killing the king. But Kovu falls in love with Simba’s daughter Kiara and begins to have second thoughts about believing anything that his mother taught him.
Simba’s Character Killed in a Figurative Manner
The story, as you may have noticed, is actually rather interesting, and is full to the brim with potential, if done correctly. But, as Entertainment Weekly cleverly announced in one of their headlines, “Hakkuna Itsnotta”. The good storyline suffers from depressingly insipid execution. Simba’s character is killed, figuratively; he’s just not interesting anymore, a whiner instead of an ambitious fighter. There are also too many parallels between the new characters in the sequel to some from the original movie, but these you’ll see for yourself. Generally, the movie is just strangely unenthusiastic about itself, it seems to admit that it is only there as a commercial strategy.
The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride Isn’t a Kids – Friendly Film
Still, the movie does have a few fun moments, and some surprisingly good music that makes it a watchable, passable rental. Kids should enjoy many isolated moments, although I doubt they will take to the story as a whole, because it’s just not kid-friendly.
The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride is a strange case — a sequel that can never hope to live up to its predecessor, but also a movie that survives only because of the original’s existance; because we are generally interested in knowing just what happened to all of the characters.
Watchable though the sequel may be, the original Lion King remains untouchable, a masterpiece of the highest order, and a film to be cherished.