Lion King was released in various parts of the world in the past 2 weeks. The film is a live-action remake of the 1994 Disney classic.
It stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, as well as James Earl Jones reprising his original role as Mufasa.
It received mixed reviews, with praise for its visual effects and vocal performances while receiving criticism for being highly derivative of the original and the lack of emoting in the animated lion characters relative to the original.
Some of the reviews;
Helen O’Hara of Empire said, “The Lion King” is Disney’s latest effort in its quest to remake many of its animated classics. What’s new is this film’s astonishing CGI animation style.
Reed Tucker of New York Post said, There are a great many impressive moments in this “Lion King” remake, and a few that might elicit a gasp of amazement. There is a lot of professionalism but not much heart.
Rosie Knight of IGN said Director Jon Favreau’s The Lion King is a worthwhile reimagining that relies on nostalgia over risk-taking.
Robbie Collin of The Telegraph said You might imagine that easy-breezy, Hakuna Matata-chanting middle act would only work when drawn by hand. Yet cinematographer Caleb Deschanel’s expert command of “natural” spectacle and the sheer exuberance of Rogen and Eichner’s performances make it the film’s most purely delightful section.
Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter said, By and large, very few remakes, other than Gus Van Sant’s shot-by-shot reproduction of Psycho, have adhered as closely to their original versions as this one does. Everything here is so safe and tame and carefully calculated as to seem pre-digested. There’s nary a surprise in the whole two hours.
Barry Hertz of The Globe and Mail (Toronto) said It’s an entertaining and thrilling tale, if you’ve never seen it before. But you have.
Bilge Ebiri of the New York Magazine (Vulture) said It doesn’t help that the characters in some cases have been rendered with such realism that they have lost all human expression on their faces. Maybe that’s the idea — to not anthropomorphize them too much and to stay grounded in zoological authenticity. But they’re still talking, and singing, only now their faces are inexpressive; it’s a weird disconnect.