Feature Name: The Lion King
Cast (Voiceover): Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones
Directed By: Jon Favreau
Run Time: 118 minutes
The Lion King is the photorealistic computer-animation of Disney’s 1994 orignal film. It follows the life of Simba and all those around him.
The story of the remake is same as the original. The jealous uncle (Scar) attempts to kill the King (Mufasa) and the next-in-line (Simba) in lieu of becoming the king of Pride Rock. It focuses on the life of Simba when he goes into exile because of the misplaced guilt after the death of his father. It is also about his struggle to find himself and reclaim Pride Rock.
The film is nice and will surely put a smile on your face. It’s an upgrade from the animated version we have seen with the animals looking absolutely real. The music is upbeat. It will make you sing along to the songs we have grown up with. Circle of Life, I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel The Love Tonight and Be Prepared are the songs.
From the first scene to the last The Lion King follows the exact storytelling pattern as the original. In spite of it all being the same the movie still manages to make a place for itself in your mind.
The drawback of the film is that it fails to establish the same connect you felt with the 1994 original. We aren’t saying the film lacks a connect. It’s just not as strong as the one that releases 25 years ago.
With amazing music, background scores and animation – The Lion King is a must watch this weekend. We give the film 3.5 stars.
The Hindi version of this film features the voices of Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Asrani, Shreyas Talpade, Sanjay Mishra and others.