The Lion King Review
by A. West
**** 4 Stars
‘The technology used to film this, and re-imagine The Lion King from the 1994 original, is truly amazing.’
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Plot Synopsis: The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba’s paternal Uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile. After growing up in the company of the carefree outcasts Timon and Pumbaa, Simba receives valuable perspective from his childhood friend, Nala, and his shaman, Rafiki, before returning to challenge Scar to end his tyranny and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King.
I personally rather loved this remake of The Lion King from the whole production to the cast itself, it was so beautifully put together. All of the characters look so life-like and the scenery is stunning giving a real-life feel to the movie, as good as it can possibly be considering that these animalistic characters sing and talk. The technology used to film this, and re-imagine The Lion King from the 1994 original, is truly amazing. The difference in quality and the advancements in technology brings to life all of the characters making this film well worth the watch.
Although it’s a remake of the original The Lion King (just re-imagined) it definitely still manages to keep some of the humour and excitement from the original lion. Importantly, it manages to capture the essence and feel of the first one but making it ten times better with the improved technology used to make this version. Although some would argue that nothing beats the original, which on some levels I would have to agree with, as although it manages to capture some of the essence from the original, nothing can beat the thrill of watching The Lion King for the first time, as a child. Also, some of the remakes of the songs are not a patch on the original versions, although Hakuna Mutata performed by Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner didn’t fail to impress. It was superb and had the right mix of singing and playfulness which was rather funny and helped to enhance that performance. of a classic, so much more.
The Lion King is currently available on Sky and Disney Plus and was rated PG by the BBFC.