Tag Archives: The Lion King

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 forever, 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 hope you had a much better time than I did.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE LION KING (2019): New Official Trailer Starring James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Beyoncé…

The Lion King (2019), Walt Disney Studios

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  The Lion King (2019).


Voiced by James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen and Beyoncé , to name just a few, the official trailer for the CGI / live-action version of The Lion King is here…

I’m happy to see that any previous concerns about how believable I’d find the CGI is more or less gone.

On a separate note, is it me or is the bass in James Earl Jones’s voice a little less pronounced than in the animated movie? Especially from 00:30 into the above trailer.

Shahadi Wright Joseph, Florence Kasumba, John Oliver and John Kani also star.

The Lion King Release Dates: July 19th, 2019 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 

G

THE LION KING (2019): New Trailer From Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Keegan-Michael Key, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé…

The Lion King (2019)
The Lion King (2019)

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  The Lion King (2019).


A new version of the 1994 Disney classic The Lion King is coming in summer 2019. It’s a CGI and live-action re-imagining directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book (2016).

The main characters are voiced by  Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Keegan-Michael Key, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyonce, James Earl Jones, Eric André…

It’s so great that the wonderful bass of James Earl Jones’s voice is featured in both the 1994 version and this new movie.

I can’t wait to find out which version of the movie I prefer and how well all the distinct voices of the actors involved will sound together.

John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Shahadi Wright Joseph and John Kani also star.

The Lion King Release Dates: July 19th, 2019 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 

G