What is a work of art (book, film, video game, written work, visual art, etc) that you liked when you were younger, but enjoy even more now in the light of additional knowledge and experience?
The Lion King
Ever since I was little, The Lion King has been my favorite movie. My dad says I used to watch it on repeat. The second it would end, I would shout “Again! Again!” And this was back in the era of VHS, so it was work to start a movie over (granted, only a couple minutes but still).
I can’t say for sure why this movie resonated with me so much as a child. It couldn’t have just been the talking animals. The music? The characters? The story? I guess all three of those things.
As an adult, I find this movie a lot more heartbreaking, emotional, and uplifting. I understand Scar and his motives more and am able to catch his behind-the-scenes machinations more easily. I cry when Mufasa dies and when Simba walks up Pride Rock and takes his place as king.
Growing up has given me a new appreciation for this movie. I’d even go as far as to say this is a perfect film. The animation, the music and score, the acting, the story, the characters— everything is flawless.
Plus, when I was little I didn’t know what murder meant, so I didn’t fully understand the scene where Scar accuses Simba of being a murderer. As an adult who owns a dictionary, I understand this scene for what it is. Scar is manipulating and gaslighting Simba, trying to make Simba’s supporters doubt him, and is trying to hide that he is the one who murdered Mufasa.
Okay, so I lied. I don’t own a dictionary. Either way, The Lion King is a goddamn masterpiece and I will not hear a single word against it.
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