'the lion king' review: the art of herding digital cats

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By Rosie Knight
The Lion King is the third Disney remake this year khổng lồ offer a new spin on an animated classic, and it also happens to lớn be the studio’s best. Far surpassing both Aladdin & Dumbo, The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau's return to the world of computer-generated animals is a visually stunning success that will win over fans of all ages as well as making a whole bunch of money for Disney. Taking on one of the animation powerhouse's most beloved films was always going lớn be a risky endeavor, but the epic, photorealistic approach feels groundbreaking & offers the impression of something different, even though the narrative and many of the shots are practically beat-for-beat identical khổng lồ the 1994 movie.

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One of the things that immediately makes 2019's The Lion King stand out from its fellow Disney remakes is that the voice cast is absolutely brilliant. Both young Simbố (JD McCrary) & Nala (Shahadi Wright Joseph) are bundles of frenetic energy & joy, with strong singing voices that are showcased during their awesome rendition of "I Just Can't Wait khổng lồ Be King". That scene also features John Oliver who shines as Zazu, Mufasa (James Earl Jones) và Simba's avian advisor. The British comedian does a great job of crafting a performance that echoes Rowan Atkinson's original portrayal whilst adding a much needed balance of snark & compassion that was lacking in the original.




Chiwetel Ejiofor is an absolute highlight as the villainous Soto, bringing a Shakespearean pathos khổng lồ the proceedings. His splendid singing voice is briefly teased but sadly underused in a scene that will likely delight và disappoint longtime fans in equal measure. The Doctor Strange actor is joined by a group of hyenas voiced by Eric Andre, Keegan-Michael Key, & the powerful Florence Kasumtía as their leader, Shenzi. The group are solid as Scar's minions, but the more serious tone of the story this time around means that the hyenas don't manage khổng lồ recreate the crazed, frenetic, and often slapstiông xã energy that made the outcasts such tín đồ favorites in the classic film.

Beyoncé is wonderful (if slightly underused) as a passionate và fiery adult Nala & Donald Glover adds a relatability & thoughtfulness to lớn Simba. The standouts of the cast, though, are Billy Eichner and Seth Roren as Timon and Pumbaa, respectively. The pair light up every scene they’re in with their dedication to doing nothing, their bleak, nihidanh sách humor và Eichner's awesome singing voice.

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Timon và Pumbaa add most of the new content lớn this retelling, with the pair riffing off each other with hilarious results. They also star in what was, for this reviewer, the most goosebump-inducing scene of the whole endeavor when they join JD McCrary (who kills it) và then Donald Glover in an astonishingly fun and moving rendition of “Hakuna Matata.”Whilst the voice cast definitely elevates the film, The Lion King is at its heart all about the visuals. At the premiere, Jon Faverau xanh revealed that every single scene in the film, aside from one shot, was completely computer-generated; not that you'd know as you watch it. If The Jungle Book showcased the potential of what could be done with computer animation, The Lion King pushes the boundaries even further, often feeling lượt thích you're watching a nature documentary rather than an animated feature.



Favreau leans into this with one of the biggest strengths of the film: longer, extended shots that showcase small moments in the stunning Pride Lands, lượt thích a trail of ants making their way up the branch of a tree, a mouse washing in a puddle, or a piece of fur floating across the vast landscape.From the đáng yêu baby lions to the eclectic roster of animals that fill the screen, the animators of The Lion King bởi vì a brilliant job of bringing the wildlife of the Pride Lands khổng lồ life, and for the most part it works. However, something that's lost in the retelling is the visual emotion of the characters, as the film goes for a photorealistic tone that leaves the core cast of animals looking like... well, animals.

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Although that might not l& with younger audiences in the same way as the emotive sầu animated creatures that usually fill Disney movies, it doesn't mean that the more fantastical và musical moments don't work. There's a gravitas that suits the Shakspearean story that wasn't there before, but some of the emotional beats don’t hit quite as hard.Despite all of the successes of the film, it's hard to judge The Lion King completely objectively as it is really just a scene-for-scene remake of a film that already exists (và was arguably ripped off from an existing Osamu Tezuka anime -- google Kimba). But with that in mind, Favreau và teo. vị a great job of making The Lion King feel lượt thích a worthwhile endeavor that's game-changing in terms of the artistic techniques that were used lớn create it. The film will undoubtedly introduce a new generation of fans lớn the story whilst still offering up something different enough visually that fans of the original will likely still find something new lớn love.
VerdictDisney delivers their most successful remake yet. A strong cast, outstanding visuals, & the classic animal-centric take on Hamlet make this infinitely more watchable than some of the studio"s previous retellings. The only issue here is that The Lion King is a beat-for-beat adaptation that will make even the coldest hearts warm with nostalgia but could potentially disappoint those looking for a new take on the iconic story.


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