The Lion King remains to this day my favourite animated movie. It has spawned two sequels and a Broadway musical, among other things. However, as it has happened so often in the past with a lot of films, the sequel is a path to the dark side.
Whereas darker and edgier sequels like The Empire Strikes Back and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets have worked and done their predecessors justice, The Lion King 2 fails miserably.
It is refreshingly different to see a Disney sequel that picks up immediately after the events of the first film.
It is also refreshingly different to see a Disney sequel that doesn't come out six decades after the original.
"He Lives In You" is a great song... and so is "Upendi". Too bad the rest of the songs had to be so depressing...
Rafiki the Matchmaker? Now that was a subplot with great potential. Unfortunately, we have to spend a lot of the film with a teenage lion voiced by that lame-boy Andy Dick...