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THE LION KING (2019): The Thing I Liked…

The Lion King (2019), Walt Disney Studios
The Lion King (2019), Walt Disney Studios

It has taken much longer than planned for me to finally watch the recent live-action remake of The Lion King (2019). Like many fans, I loved the 1994 original. I enjoyed it for reasons including the brilliant soundtrack, the story and beautiful animation style.

The main reason I couldn’t get beyond the first 15 minutes of director Jon Favreau’s live-action version has something to do with the animation.

There’s no denying that the film is quite the achievement in terms of computer-generated imagery (CGI). Nevertheless, I prefer the 2D animated film; firstly because of the cuteness of the characters. CGI Simba is cute too but different. Also, I prefer the voice work in the first movie. Second, and this one took me by surprise; but, I’d much rather watch the real creatures of the jungle/the African savanna in a well written David Attenborough documentary; than sit through ‘very close but not quite there’ computer-generated images.

Unsurprisingly, for me, The Lion King remake has proven to be largely unnecessary. Mainly because it’s essentially the very same story and seemingly shot for shot. This sameness and the weird space the movie occupies between real and not real is what led me to abort my viewing session. And instead, think about rewatching The Lion King (1994) instead.

Furthermore, I have an irrational fear of rodents. As such, I should have known that all wasn’t going to be well when, at the start, the camera spent what felt like an eternity, following a rodent-like creature around. 

Considering this review is very late, you’ve probably already watched or at least tried to watch The Lion King; in which case I sure hope you had a much better time than I did.

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BLACK IS KING (2020): The Things I liked…

Black Is King (2020), Beyoncé Knowles, Disney+
Black Is King (2020), Beyoncé Knowles, Disney+

Beyoncé Knowles, an artist who many years before said that she makes music to empower girls and women has delighted her fans once again, with the release of her new visual album Black is King.

Even though Black is King is dedicated to her young son, Sir – and it features a fair amount of lifting messages for black boys and men, in no way has the queen forgotten about all the girls and women who have looked forward to the new words, moves, messaging, beats and visuals of The Lion King (2019) movie-inspired Black is King.

As expected, there are plenty of great songs on Black is King; including Water featuring Pharrell Williams and Salatiel; Already and Black Parade.

As for a brand new female empowerment anthem, all I needed to hear was the first few seconds of My Power and I knew I’d found my favourite song.

The visuals in Black is King are often so arresting that you may find it hard to look away; even if you may not be loving a song that’s playing in the moment.

Beyoncé fans don’t need telling to watch Black is King. As for film, fashion, poetry and photography fans, watch Black is King for a memorable audio-visual feast. It’s certainly more than a series of music videos playing one after the other.

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BLACK IS KING (2020): New Trailer For New Visual Album From Beyoncé…

Black Is King (2020), Beyoncé Knowles, Disney+

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Black is King (2020).

Written and co-directed by Beyoncé Knowles, Black Is King is a new visual album from Beyoncé and inspired by The Lion King.

Beyoncé’s last visual album was a great example of all the arts coming together, and centred around music to create something truly special.

I’m looking forward to all of it; the music, visuals, design, poetry and lifting messages. I probably need to hurry up and watch the Lion King (2019).

Black is King Release Dates: July 31st (2020), Disney+….

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HOMECOMING – A FILM BY BEYONCE (2019): New Trailer For DOCUMENTARY About Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella Performance…

Homecoming - A Film By Beyonce (2019), Netflix
Homecoming – A Film By Beyonce (2019), Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Homecoming – A Film By Beyoncé.

Homecoming – A Film By Beyoncé is a documentary I had no idea was coming but I’m so glad it’s here.

Due for release on April 17th 2019 on Netflix, we are promised, an intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé’s highly celebrated 2018 Coachella performance. Revealing the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement…

Full confessional, I was literally dozing off and trying to keep my eyes open for Bad Times At Hotel Royale (2018). And then, I checked my movie trailer notifications. AWAKE! That is my current state after watching this great trailer.

As someone who didn’t make it to Coachella 2018, I cannot wait for all the behind the scenes information, footage and to feel as though I was actually there while watching this.

In case it wasn’t completely obvious, I may never have seen her in concert but Beyoncé’s greatness is extremely far from lost on me.

Homecoming – A Film By Beyoncé Release Dates: April 17th, 2019 (US & UK)… Netflix.

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