The Lion King (1994)

logoDirector: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

Writer: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremey Irons, Moria Kelly, Ernie Sabella, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson


Plot: Loin cub Simba learns about his future as king of Pride Rock from his father and king Mufasa. When he starts growing he starts exploring more leading him into trouble. His Uncle Scar wants to be the next king and comes up with a plan to get rid of both Mufasa and Simba. After succeeding in killing Mufasa, Scar scares Simba away and takes over Pride Rock. While Simba is lost in the wilderness he meets an estranged couple Timon and Pumbaa who teach him about not worrying about the past. Simba knows he has to face his past and reclaim his throne from Scar.


Verdict: Disney’s Last Classic


Story: Loosely based on the Shakespeare classic Hamlet, we get a great story of redemption for the sins one well animal thinks he has committed. In the end the animal touch is very accurate minus the hyenas so the community that they live in. what makes this such a popular film is how it can relate to the audience because we all feel after making a mistake that changes each day we live. It will always go down as the last Disney classic before the Pixar people turned up. (9/10)


Character Review


Simba: The young loin cub who mistakenly is involved in his father’s death and runs from the responsability which would become his. After growing up and learn to put the past behind him an old friend gives him a chance to redeem himself and take his rightful place as King. (9/10)


Mufasa: Simba’s father who guides him during his young cub days showing him his boundaries and explain the circle of life. He is always worried about his son but manages to save him before falling foul to Scar’s plan. (9/10)


Scar: The uncle who believed he would be one day but once Simba turns up he goes down the chain, he plans to take out the rest of the family so he can become king. Brilliantly evil character here using all his brains to push people where he wants them to go. (9/10)


Pumbaa & Timon: I have to look at these two as a double act because they complement each other perfectly with their laid back view on life. (9/10)


Director Review: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff – Brilliant direction to create a classic that was a huge part of my childhood. (10/10)


Animation: When Disney were the best, this was their best. (10/10)

Family: Great family film that all will enjoy. (10/10)

Settings: Each setting created is authentic to the natural habitant of the animals involved. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is one that everyone has to watch, just sit and enjoy it. (Watch)


Best Part: Everything.

Worst Part: Nothing

Funniest Scene: Just can’t wait to be king song.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: Maybe (3/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two poor sequels

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: Won 2 Oscars

Box Office: $987 Million

Budget: $45 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: The Circle of Life


Overall: Classic Animated Masterpiece

Rating 93


Trailer Alert – Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead

Plot – If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning.

Release Date:  No Full UK Release


Looks outrageously fun, do you agree?

The gore factor looks massive, but how much will we get?

Do you agree with the addition of the America characters?

Will it be better than the original?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 80%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Star Focus – Jon Bernthal

jonJon Bernthal

Age: 37

Number of Roles: 40

Biggest Films: The Wolf of Wall Street

Awards: He has yet to win any awards.





Debut Role: Manny – Mary/Mary (2002)

Early Career: After getting his first lead role in the film ‘Mary/Mary’ Jon went straight into guest starring in highly popular television shows. With 8 shows completed he got a chance to be part of one of the most powerful films of 2006 ‘World Trade Center’ which followed the story of two firefighters during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His hard work paid off as he got a supporting role in television series ‘The Class’, but the show wasn’t the most popular and only lasted a season.

The Class

The Class

Television Roles:

  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2002)
  • Without a Trace (2004)
  • Vegas (2004)
  • Boston Legal (2004)
  • Jonny Zero (2005)
  • CSI: Miami (2005) (2 Episodes)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2005)
  • How I Met Your Mother (2005)
  • The Class (2007) (19 Episodes)
  • Eastwick (2009-10) (12 Episodes)
  • Numb3rs (2010)
  • The Pacific (2010) (2 Episodes)
  • Harry’s Law (2012)
  • The Walking Dead (2010-12)
  • Mob City (2013)
Day Zero

Day Zero

Career: In 2007 Jon got a few chances in films, first came mega ensemble cast ‘The Air I Breathe’ drama that gave him a lead role with bigger names Elijah Wood and Chris Klein called ‘Day Zero’.  In 2008 Jon took on comedy in ‘Bar Starz’ and drama ‘A Line in the Sand’ before a supporting role in the much loved family film ‘Night at the Museum 2’. Jon returned to television with another supporting role in ‘Eastwick’ which also only last one season.

the wolf

The Wolf of Wall Street

2010 Onwards: ‘The Ghost’ offered another chance to make a film but this was going to be a big year for Jon. A small show called ‘The Walking Dead’ gave him a lead role as Shane and even though he was only around for a couple of seasons he did enough to start getting some serious supporting film roles. These include ‘Rampart’, ‘Snitch’, ‘Grudge Match’ and the hugely popular ‘The Wolf of Wall Street

Break Out Role: The Walking Dead (2010 – 2012)



Next Big Role: ‘Fury’ a war film starring Brad Pitt



My Favourite Role: Shane mainly because The Walking Dead is my favourite show on television.

My Least Favourite Role: Hard to pick one because I think he always gives good performances even if I don’t like the film.

Films I Want to See That I Haven’t Seen: Day Zero, World Trade Centre and Fury

Trailer Alert – Rosewater

A journalist is detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison.

Release Date:  12th October 2014 (London Film Festival)


Very powerful looking drama, do you agree?

Based on a true story, but how much is true?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 75%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No