July 20th, 2019 | Updated on February 14th, 2022
Jon Favreau-directed Disney’s exhilarating live-action remake of The Lion King, a marvel of modern technology, is closer to the Disney’s animated great films than any of its recent remakes.
The new Lion King has more African and African-descended voice artists, yet it failed to be as effective as the that famous stretch of dialogue from the original that has acquired the cult status now.
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How Different Is It From The Original?
Well, it depends largely on how you feel about the original. As far as the story is concerned, there is not enough difference, despite the script being updated by Jeff Nathanson.
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Like the original, in the remake Simba idolizes his father Mufasa. Both in the original and the remake, Mufasa’s voices was given by James Earl Jones. Mufasa is killed.
The New Lion King has been recreated. Those who have watched the original could safely say that story goes in the familiar direction.
The difference lies in the look. The new Lion King is more polished, more handsome. So much efforts have been put into making the new Lion King that you can even see every bead of the lion’s sweat.
The new Lion King has also more star power: Simba is voiced by Donald Glover while the lioness Nala is voiced by Beyoncé.
Movie Reviews “The Lion King”
Movie Review: TIME
When you’re a big person, a movie seen in a theater is literally larger than life; when you’re a little person, it can be like a new portal opening in the universe, overwhelming in the best way—or possibly the worst.
Those experiences matter, and Disney knows the -power—and the profit -potential—of what’s in its vaults, which helps explain the studio’s ongoing strategy of remaking its most popular animated films, often in straight-out live-action versions.
These revamps are appearing so rapidly, it’s hard to keep up: two of them, Tim Burton’s Dumbo and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, have already appeared this year, with release dates barely two months apart.
And now, with the smoke from Aladdin’s lamp still lingering in the air, comes The Lion King, Jon Favreau’s photorealistic adaptation of the 1994 animated megahit, a film beloved by many.
Movie Review: Guardian
The new Lion King has been modernized in the sense of having more African and African-descended voice artists, and John Kani brings a lovely vocal lightness to the priestly role of Rafiki.
Yet the new Lion King boldly keeps that famous stretch of dialogue from the first film in which the hunter/meat-eater is presented as morally equivalent to the herbivore.
Basically, this new Lion King sticks very closely to the original version, and in that sense it’s of course watchable and enjoyable. But you will miss the simplicity and vividness of the original hand-drawn images.
Movie Review: Variety
By focusing his attention on upgrading the look of the earlier film while sticking largely to its directorial choices and script, Favreau reinforces the strength of the 1994 classic.
If you were never a fan of “The Lion King,” then nothing here will win you over. On the other hand, for those too young ever to have seen it, this could be a life-changing experience, one that strives to create a kind of understanding between audiences and the animal kingdom that Disney once made a regular part of its mission, back in the era of films such as “The Legend of Lobo” and “The Incredible Journey.”