Movies: Lion King, The Art of Self-Defense

Lion King

This film is virtually the same as the original in most respects. That said, don’t be deterred from seeing it.

The most important reason to see this film is the updated/upgraded animation. It is so good you’ll be challenged to distinguish live action from digitally created. It is nothing short of amazing and totally advances the audience experience.

It’s worth the few extra dollars for a premium screening. We saw it on an “Ultra” screen. It’s also available in Dolby and IMAX formats.



The Lion King (July 12, 2019)

Release Date: July 12, 2019
Starring: Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Family, Drama, Action
Runtime: 118 min
Original Title: The Lion King
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Fairview Entertainment
Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Cast The Lion King

  • Donald Glover
  • Role: Simba (voice)
  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Role: Nala (voice)
  • James Earl Jones
  • Role: Mufasa (voice)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Role: Scar (voice)
  • Alfre Woodard
  • Role: Sarabi (voice)
  • John Oliver
  • Role: Zazu (voice)
  • John Kani
  • Role: Rafiki (voice)
  • Seth Rogen
  • Role: Pumbaa (voice)
  • Billy Eichner
  • Role: Timon (voice)
  • Eric André
  • Role: Azizi (voice)
  • Florence Kasumba
  • Role: Shenzi (voice)
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Role: Kamari (voice)
  • JD McCrary
  • Role: Young Simba (voice)
  • Shahadi Wright Joseph
  • Role: Young Nala (voice)
  • Amy Sedaris
  • Role: Guinea Fowl (voice)
  • J. Lee
  • Role: Hyena (voice)
  • Penny Johnson
  • Role: Sarafina (voice)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Role: Bush Baby (voice)
  • Josh McCrary
  • Role: Elephant Shrew (voice)
  • Phil LaMarr
  • Role: Impala (voice)

Crew The Lion King

  • Jon Favreau
  • Director
  • Jeff Nathanson
  • Screenplay
  • Irene Mecchi
  • Characters
  • Jonathan Roberts
  • Characters
  • Linda Woolverton
  • Characters
  • Jon Favreau
  • Producer
  • Jeffrey Silver
  • Producer
  • John Bartnicki
  • Co-Producer
  • Caleb Deschanel
  • Director of Photography
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Music
  • Mark Livolsi
  • Editor
  • Brenda Chapman
  • Story
  • James Chinlund
  • Production Design
  • Debbi Bossi
  • Associate Producer
  • Karen Gilchrist
  • Producer
  • Thomas Schumacher
  • Executive Producer
  • Tom C. Peitzman
  • Executive Producer
  • David H. Venghaus Jr.
  • Associate Producer
  • Donald Dowd
  • Production Supervisor

The Art of Self-Defense

If you are in the mood for a weird, dry, confusing film with bewildering characters who incrementally become more bizarre, then this is your film!

If not for the performance by Jesse Eisenberg this review would end here. Fortunately, his character evolves into quite the tough masculine realist.

We cannot recommend this film for children.



The Art of Self-Defense (July 12, 2019)

Release Date: July 12, 2019
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, Steve Terada
Genres: Comedy
Runtime: 104 min
Original Title: The Art of Self-Defense
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: End Cue
Casey is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman fighting for her place in it.

Cast The Art of Self-Defense

  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Role: Casey
  • Alessandro Nivola
  • Role: Sensei
  • Imogen Poots
  • Role: Anna
  • Steve Terada
  • Role: Thomas
  • Phillip Andre Botello
  • Role: Kennith
  • Jason Burkey
  • Role: Alex
  • David Zellner
  • Role: Henry
  • Leland Orser
  • Role: Detective McCallister
  • Caroline Amiguet
  • Role: French Audio Instructor
  • Apollo Bacala
  • Role: Karate Day Class Student
  • Hauke Bahr
  • Role: Grant
  • Dallas Edwards
  • Role: Manny

Crew The Art of Self-Defense

  • Riley Stearns
  • Director
  • Andrew Kortschak
  • Producer
  • Walter Kortschak
  • Producer
  • Stephanie Whonsetler
  • Producer
  • David Zellner
  • Executive Producer
  • Nathan Zellner
  • Executive Producer
  • Sarah Beth Shapiro
  • Editor
  • Michael Ragen
  • Director of Photography
  • Heather McIntosh
  • Original Music Composer
  • Charlotte Royer
  • Production Design
  • Riley Stearns
  • Screenplay

Movie 3 None

Note: Unfortunately there are no new films being released in the Milwaukee market area. We will spend our last couple weeks exploring more of the museums and other cultural points of interests. We will post as time allows. We send wishes of good health and happiness to you all. J&J

3 thoughts on “Movies: Lion King, The Art of Self-Defense”

  1. Encouraging review of The Lion King. I haven’t been impressed with the trailers, but it sounds from your review like there’s a lot more to it.


  2. I’m looking forward to your review of “The Farewell” with Awkwafina. I don’t think you’ve seen it yet?? I’m glad you liked the Lion King!!

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