Film review by Steve Duffy –
As for the recent Disney remakes, The Lion King is the best one yet.
Disney’s “The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is fraught 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.
It’s the vocal talent that saves the film – James Earl Jones returns to reign as Mufasa, the leader of the Pride Lands. Donald Glover nails his voice performance as Simba. The supporting cast of John Oliver, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen and Beyoncé do their best to capture the magic of the original voices.
The storyline and dialogue are pretty much a repeat of the 1994 film, adding very little new content or imagination. However, it is Timon and Pumbaa who do add a little retelling of the story.
The only reason to see this remake isn’t for the story, but for the visuals. The CGI created animals and landscapes makes you feel like you are watching a Disneynature film. It is truly a breathtaking experience that needs to be watched in a Dolby theatre.
Although director Jon Favreau have created an unbelievable movie that is a visual masterpiece, I would still stick to the original.
Rating: PG for sequences of violence and peril, and some thematic elements
Runtime: 110 minutes