If you watched the original 1994 animated Lion King then this movie will be very familiar. In this live action remake the story is almost identical, with the addition of a few funny lines and a new song, however it is considerably more violent and dark then the animated original. Younger kids may find this movie too scary. There are great themes for discussion, including the theme of leadership.
Which of the characters did you like best? Why?
What feelings did you experience in this movie?
Mufasa said, “a true king searches for what he can give, not take”. Discuss the opposing views of leadership between Mufasa and Scar.
Discuss mistakes. What do you do when you make a mistake? Do you ever want to run away like Simba did? Why?
Discuss identity. Simba kept hearing the words, “Remember who you are” Who are you?
Other themes to discuss: jealousy, death/loss, courage, family, friendship, responsibility, role models.