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Synopsis

Director Jon Favreau worked CGI magic with his reimagined version of The Jungle Book and now he applies the same lifelike animation to Disney’s animated classic The Lion King. The revered story is intact, with a few new touches. Donald Glover voices Simba, the crown prince of the Pride Lands whose father Mufasa (James Earl Jones, reprising his original role) is murdered by his treacherous brother Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

The cast also features Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala; Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as the meerkat and warthog duo Timon and Pumbaa; and Florence Kasumba, Keegan-Michael Key, and Eric Andre as Scar’s sneering hyaena henchmen Shenzi, Kamari, and Azizi. With Amy Sedaris voicing a new character, an elephant shrew, The Lion King promises surprises and an affirmation of the power of the Circle of Life.

Cast

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • John Oliver
  • James Earl Jones
  • John Kani
  • Alfre Woodard
  • JD McCrary
  • Shahadi Wright Joseph
  • Penny Johnson Jerald
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Eric André

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • This is Jon Favreau's second Disney remake based on a Disney animated movie after directing The Jungle Book (2016).
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Goofs

  • This is being referred to as a "live-action" remake of the original animated Lion King. However, CGI is still another version of animation. Unless the filmmakers are truly using real animals to play the parts, this film is an animation.
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Quotes

    • Mufasa: Everything the light touches... is our kingdom. But a king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.
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Verified Review
#flatline

Poor directing style. All the actors were completely monotone and flatline. No feeling. Better watch at home.

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Cindi S
Verified Review

Will never be better than the original but a magnificent film regardless. About 90% like the animation and 10% original. Wonderful adaptation. Voice actors were great with the weakest one being Beyoncé’s Nala, but not too bad. Her song, Spirit, felt out of place and took me out of the movie for a while but only for a moment. My one major complaint was the song “Can’t you feel the love tonight” was sung in the daylight, which made the song irrelevant. Yes, the facial expressions weren’t as strong as the cartoon but this is supposed to be more realistic so I’ll let it slide. The graphics were unbelievably beautiful and should get most of the praise. Everyone should watch this film. It brings nostalgia to the original fans and will make new viewers fall in love, like we all did when we saw it in 1994.

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Andi J

Metacritic

70
Jul 11, 2019

Blessed with some excellent voice performances, this new King is familiar but still lively enough to encourage audiences to emotionally invest again in story they are already so familiar with.

Metacritic review by Tim Grierson
Tim Grierson
Screen International
60
Jul 11, 2019

By and large, very few remakes, other than Gus Van Sant's shot-by-shot reproduction of Psycho, have adhered as closely to their original versions as this one does. Everything here is so safe and tame and carefully calculated as to seem pre-digested. There's nary a surprise in the whole two hours.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
50
Jul 11, 2019

Uncanny singing animals aside, a secondary effect of the film’s commitment to zoological verisimilitude is to place the voice actors in a relatively powerless position. It’s a strange choice to assemble an all-star cast from various walks of celebrity—actors, pop singers, rappers, comedians—and then make their only contribution a verbal one.

Metacritic review by Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Slate