Okay; I saw it yesterday, but didn't have time to post it last night, oddly, so here it is.
A few days ago, I got to watch that oh so quirky little movie from 1994. I think, like a lot of kids, I grew up and thought it was awesome because it was full of talking, singing, dancing animals. That kept me happy for about fourteen years. When I did come back to watch it last Friday, it was really like watching a different movie. The characters are deep, the story is thought-out, even though its pacing is kind of fast and the tone feels a little imbalanced in places. But I do love it, and for a lot of new and different reasons.
The music, one of my new favorites from the 90's, if not from any time, was my favorite part. It has a lot of intricate themes that weave in and out in little ways to bring back a character that may have shown up an hour ago. It's classical and African-inspired, kind of a rare mix, but definitely unique.
Yesterday I headed out to the Kansas City Music Hall to catch the...well, musical. Generally, I felt iffy going in. I thought it might have too many overbearing metaphors, or it would be tweaked too much. Turns out...I was pretty wrong. Everything about it was just wonderful. Julie Taymor apparently recognized pretty early that it's not about talking animals running around; it's about telling a human story in an unusual context. The sets (or lack of?) were all amazing, and some of the scenes actually stunned me (Mufasa's ghost, definitely). My favorite new songs were "The Madness of King Scar", since he and a pretty kinky dance with Nala, and "Shadowland" as Nala and the lionesses (who had the most stunning costumes) hunt and realize their land isn't the same.
My only complaint was the two child actors playing Simba and Nala. After the stampede, it didn't seem like Simba was really..."sad", and Nala kind of "read" the lines in a couple of places. But, whatever. It's theater.
I even got to catch up with my extremely cool friend,
, an awesome artist and my Drawing 2 buddy.
And a Happy early Halloween to everyone, though I'll probably post again then.