Disney's 'The Lion King', directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba (voices of Donald Glover and JD McCrary) idolizes his father, King Mufasa (voice of James Earl Jones), and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar (voice of Chiwetel Ejiofor), 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.
A shadow of its former self
- The Lion King review by Chewi
It's not terrible but apart from the ending, which was a little rushed in the original, I can't think of a single thing this film does better. Sure, the visuals are impressive, but the harsh realism overwhelms any sense of drama. The script is unchanged for the most part, which would be fine, except that it makes the relatively weak voice acting of some characters even more prominent. Zazu, in particular, comes across very flat.
Keeps well to story and graphics are very impressive. They getting them near perfect now. Go see it on stage in London if can, is even better!
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Looks lovely but is it needed!
- The Lion King review by PC
This is a beautiful film to look at but is there really any point to it, it follows the plot from the original and includes all the same songs. Whereas Beauty & the Beast and Aladdin have mainly human characters this is still basically animation, just an advanced version. Not as bad as Dumbo, but really just watch the original again which has better voice characterisation.