Starring the voices of: Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, John Kani, JD McCrary, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Amy Sedaris
Director: Jon Favreau
Release date: 19th July 2019
It’s sunrise, and all the animals across the land are travelling together for a special event. The arrive at Pride Rock and a new royal lion cub is introduced. His name is Simba and one day he will rule the land that his father currently rules. Mufasa, King and father of Simba is a very proud dad. His brother, Scar, is not so excited about the new heir. This means he will now be second in line to the Royal throne and he is really not happy about it. Time passes.. Simba grows, as does Scars hatred of him.. He has become filled with rage over Simba becoming the new king and soon decides that he needs to do something about it, and fulfil his own greedy desires.
Most of us have seen the original ‘The Lion King’ film from back in 1994 and have it stored in our memories as a Disney classic. I’m guessing that many people are wondering why Disney have re-made a movie that is that well known.. You’d wonder if they are trying to add something to the story but to be honest, there’s not a lot of ‘new-ness’, other than the beautiful and stunning look of the animals. You half expect David Attenborough to turn up or do a voice-over of some sort, the animation is that good.
All in all it’s not really any better or worse than the original, though as I said, the animation is gorgeous to look at. Take the kids along to see it during the summer holidays. Then show them the original film.
This new adaptation of The Lion King will no doubt do great things in the box office, but only time will tell as to whether it is a worthy successor.