The Lion King review: Disney's 2019 remake is a roaring success

Brenda Watkins
July 12, 2019

With just a week to go until general audiences can partake in the Circle of Life for themselves, The Lion King is revving its promotional engines and getting ready to stoke the fires of fandom into a feeding frenzy.

The 37-year-old superstar - who lends her voice to the role of Nala in the new adaptation of the Disney classic - was in attendance at the glitzy event in Los Angeles on Tuesday and her castmate was blown away by the reaction she received from the adoring crowd. So far the Mickey Mouse House has been relying on nostalgia to keep its remakes going, but it seems like the past few films like Dumbo and Aladdin haven't been all too stellar.

Critics are calling The Lion King as a visual masterpiece according to some of the critics across the world. The live-action of The Lion King comes from the mind of Jon Favreau.

How are the critics responding to the movie?

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During the interview, Rogen said that he was super excited he could finally bring his nephews to one of his film premieres, as they've been asking to see one of his movies for ages, but obviously, Rogen's typical films aren't very child-friendly.

Story is everything in The Lion King (taking inspiration from Shakespeare's Hamlet) and it was vital he kept it completely intact while using today's technology in his contemporary approach.

The original Disney film was released in 1994, and starred Matthew Broderick as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and Moira Kelly as Nala. Alfre Woodard, John Oliver lend their voices for Sarabi and Zazu, respectively.

Disney have announced the release of a new album to accompany the release of the film, The Lion King: The Gift, which will be produced and curated by Beyoncé. Also, the album features a new version of "Hakuna Matata" which has been crooned by Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, and JD McCrary.

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