I enjoyed the remake of The Lion King.
My wife loved the original movie growing up and insisted on us going to see the remake. We almost never watch Hollywood movies because of the pozz, but this was an exception because it expressed healthy values and sentiments about being rooted in a particular place.
The Lion King is set in the “Pride Lands” of Africa in an animal kingdom ruled by lions, but it is a children’s story about kingship, tradition, duty, identity and stewardship of the environment. The plot of the movie revolves around how the King of the Pride Lands, Mufasa, is murdered by his evil anti-social brother Scar, who seizes power with the help of immigrant hyenas and establishes a despotism that ruins his country, and how Mufasa’s son, Simba, is driven into exile only to return to reclaim his rightful throne after rediscovering his true identity and shaking off his carefree, nihilistic existence.
During his exile from the Pride Lands, Simba falls in with Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog, who are normies whose philosophy in life is “hakuna matata” or no worries. They’re not bad people, but they really aren’t a good influence on Simba’s development either who is destined for greater things because he is of royal birth. After seeing his father Mufasa in a vision who tells him to “remember who you are,” Simba remembers his true identity and understands what he has to do, which is to challenge Scar for supremacy of the Pride Lands, drive out the immigrants and restore the balance.
Simba returns home and leads a revolution with the other animals which restores his line to power over Pride Rock. He takes Nala as his queen and the movie ends as it began with the birth of his son who is presented before all the animals as the rightful heir to the Pride Lands.
Note: Is The Lion King a thinly veiled reactionary allegory about white supremacy, anti-Semitism and the pitfalls of liberal democracy? Lions shouldn’t feel guilty for being lions. LOL …