I remember how impressed I was when I watched the retelling of 2016 Disney’s The Jungle Book. I was in awe of how incredible all of the characters looked, while still maintaining a sense of familiarity. A few years later, here we are and Director Jon Favreau has done it again!
I was a little bit skeptical of how they would remake The Lion King. You see, The Lion King was the film of my childhood. The Lion King was my Frozen. Does that make sense? When I was 9 years old I would walk around singing, “I’m gonna be a mighty king, so enemies beware…” We sang The Circle of Life at our 5th grade culmination, and a few months back I proved to my girls how I can still recite all the words to the entire movie. They looked at me like I was crazy, but it is what it is. The Lion King is a big part of my childhood.
And now here we are, 2019. I took a date to see the new Lion King at the El Capitan theater and he was unfamiliar with the story. (WTF? I know!) Anyway, you should have heard him when Mufasa died. There was a loud gasp and an “Aww man.” And then he continued to ask if anyone else was going to die, throughout the entire movie.
It was an interesting experience watching The Lion King with someone who didn’t know the story at all. There were a lot of things that only us, fans of The Lion King will truly appreciate. I don’t want to give it away, but I will say this, there are some familiar scenes from the cartoon that are brought to life in a way that will take your breath away. As I sat at the El Capitan Theatre with other members of the media and super fans, you could hear a collective appreciation for Jon Favreau’s vision of Africa, the animals of Africa and The Lion King.
The voice talents of the new Lion King do an outstanding job. Check out these images of Donald Glover with Simba; Beyoncé Knowles-Carter with Nala; John Oliver, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner with Zazu, Pumbaa and Timon and Eric André, Florence Kasumba and Keegan-Michael Key with hyenas Azizi, Shenzi and Kamari.
Lastly, without giving too much away. Get ready to laugh because Timon, Pumba and the Hyenas definitely provide a lot of comedy. In fact, everyone was laughing so loudly, we missed the following lines, which means, we’re going to have to go watch it again and definitely buy it when it comes out on Digital, BluRay/DVD.