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The Lion King Movie Review: An eye popping masterpiece

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THE LION KING English review is here. The 2019 American musical drama by THE JUGLE BOOK fame Jon Favreau, is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney’s traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name. The film stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, as well as James Earl Jones reprising his original role as Mufasa. Does it roars its way into our hearts again?. Let’s find out in the review of THE LION KING. THE LION KING is set to release in India on 19 July 2019 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. This is the review of the English version of THE LION KING.

Also read: The Lion King Movie Review :critics review, rating, cast & crew

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Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
The 2019 reincarnation of the beloved Disney’s 1994 classic animation THE LION KING is an eye popping masterpiece that is destined for Oscar nomination in Best Original Song and is a leader in the Best Visual Effects category.

The Story of THE LION KING
Jeff Nathanson’s screenplay displays its undying love for the animated original. Newborn Simba (JD McCrary) – son of King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and Sarabi (Alfre Woodard) is the prince of Pride Rock and future King. Simba idolizes his father. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor) Mufasa’s brother has his evil plans. Scar masterminds the exit of Mufasa and Simba’s exile. Simba takes it as his destiny, will Pride Rock get rotten by the evil practices of Scar or will it gets its true heir – Simba back?.

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Best part
THE LION KING holds a special place. We all have our favorites and THE LION KING is the one that has fascinated the world by its story and music. Jon Favreau’s version is breathtakingly stunning. The opening sequence followed by the song circle of life celebrating the arrival of Simba is pure magic an ecstasy that underlines how technology can be so breathtaking. The return of James Earl Jones as a mighty Mufasa is a delight while Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa are endearingly funny. Pop sensation Beyoncé brings new dimension to Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar rightly haunts with his evil villainy. John Oliver as Zazu has its own charm. 

A THE LION KING without music is like a gorgeous picture without a proper caption. Elton John and Hans Zimmer maintain the sanctity of the memorable 1994 version. Opening with Lebo M.’s “Nants’ Ingonyama.”, the iconic songs – “Circle of Life.” Gets its strength from Lindiwe Mkhize powerful vocals. Glover and Beyoncé’s duet of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” comes in an unexpected broad daylight and is well rendered. “I Just Can’t Wait to be King.” Is stunningly shot and “Hakuna Matata” comes with a new ‘air’. The additional song ‘Spirit’ by the pop diva Beyonce plays well and at a very crucial moment. Hans Zimmer gives a new feel to the recycled versions. The background is also finely arranged like the “Stampede”.

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Well, the same story, basking on an all time classic glory with no new story. Those who swear by the animated 1994 version, this may not bring that magic back. And somewhere in the live-action animation give and take, innocence of the 2d animation gets compromised with creatures that appear real and sometimes a bit dark.

Final words
THE LION KING – Jon Favreau’s ‘live-action’ avatar of remake of the 1994 Disney’s classic relies strongly on its loyalty to the original and animation that sets a new benchmark. For those who have not seen the original, it’s an experience of life time. The best part is this LION KING maintains the ‘spirit’ of  life, death, respect, maintaining the balance, family, community, unity, responsibility and the touching father son bond. A story of hope and effect of good virtues. THE LION KING is a must if you love any of the following – Disney, animation, your father, your son, your family or a good time in a theatre.

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