Scar (The Lion King, 2019)

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"Well, look who's come down to mingle with the commoners."
Gender: Male
Type: Envious Sibling
Age: Unknown
Species: Lion
Portrayed by: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Status: Deceased
Media of Origin: The Lion King

Scar is the main antagonist of Disney's 2019 photo-realistic computer-animated feature film, The Lion King.

While Scar from the 1994 film is one of Disney's most critically acclaimed, darkest, and infamous villains, the same cannot be said for his incarnation in the 2019 remake which is widely considered inferior to the original film.

Why This Version of Him Sucks

  1. He is stripped of his sarcastic and sly attitude he had in the 1994 film, and thus he is now miserable and gloomy, as well as blatantly bitter and dismissive towards everyone around him; as a result, he now comes off as unlikable and boring from the start.
  2. His personality is a rip-off of Metal Beak from Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, as both characters are evil, planning to fight the good guys and even have minions.
  3. He suffers the most from the realistic animation approach which completely removes the ability to squash and stretches his facial proportions to convey his sinister nature. Thus, he ends up looking like just an ordinary lion with brown fur and a slight scar that isn't intimidating at all.
  4. His voice performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor is very poor and bland, to the point where he sounded boring and nothing, compared to Jeremy Iron's voice performance in the original movie.
  5. His song "Be Prepared" is visually inferior to the original, as it is simply just him climbing to the top of a cliff.
  6. The way that he killed Mufasa is not only worse than the original but also one of the most laughable moments. It looks like he slaps Mufasa on the face with his paw, leaving a gash over his eye, instead of brutally tossing him off the cliff.
  7. For some reason, he sends Zazu to get the pride after convincing him that Zazu will help Simba and Mufasa, yet he later convinces the pride that Zazu didn't reach the gorge in time to help Simba and Mufasa. Given that Zazu still visited the pride at Pride Rock to relay information, it is unclear why Zazu didn't realize this and revealed to the pride that he was lying.
  8. His delivery of the famous line "Long live the king!" when he says it out loud instead of whispering it to Mufasa is rather angry, over-the-top, and bland compared to in the original, where it is actually menacing and scary.
    • Not only that, but his famous line "it's to die for" has been changed to "it's a gift [Mufasa will] never forget" line. The replacement line is almost nonsensical, how is Mufasa supposed to "never forget" the "gift" if Scar was going to kill him for Pride Rock?
  9. His relationship with Simba has been changed, and most agree it's for the worst. It makes the betrayal lose its impact, due to the playful relationship being removed.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. He was a much better character prior to this movie.
  2. His death manages to not only be very faithful to the original but also manages to be much more terrifying than the original version since he fights the hyenas back before being slaughtered and delivers a terrifying scream before dying.




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