MOVIE REVIEW: The Lion King

The circle of life continues in this live-action remake
The Lion King All hail Simba, the future king of Pride Rock (©2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)


Let's take a look at Disney's newest addition to its list of live-action remakes, The Lion King.

Be Prepared

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Mufasa and Simba getting their morning reports from Zazu (©2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved).

The story of The Lion King is as old as time. Okay, so maybe not as old as time but with a 1994 release date, it's safe to say the animated version has been around for a while. And with Disney's new mission to re-imagine its old movies, it's no surprise we're here today talking about The Lion King.

If you've never watched the animated version, here's a quick summary: We start at Pride Rock, where a young cub named Simba is being introduced to the animals of the Pride Lands. Simba isn't just any old cub though: he's the son of Lion King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi, the royal family of the Pride Lands. Every animal is excited about the birth of Simba except his uncle, Scar, who's jealous that his new nephew will be king before him.

Due to a series of events packed with betrayal, tragedy and drama, Simba leaves the Pride Lands and Scar becomes king. Years later, with the help of his friends, Simba returns to take back what is rightfully his.

The Circle of Life

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Simba and Nala trying their best to listen to Zazu's instructions...it didn't go well (©2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved).

The original Lion King was a roaring success. With lovable characters like Timon and Pumba and unforgettable songs like "Hakuna Matata" and "The Circle of Life", we've adored this film throughout the years. So what more could be added to the 2019 version? Though the storyline is the same, animation has continued to evolve and this remake is full of incredible CGI (computer-generated imagery) similar to that seen in the 2016 live-action remake of The Jungle Book.

The animals of Pride Rock are so realistic-looking, it can be pretty funny when they burst into song. I mean, can you imagine two real-life lions singing and dancing around? Or a meerkat and warthog being best friends? We couldn't either until we were reintroduced to Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumba. Speaking of singing, listening to the cast belt out our favourite classics gave us goosebumps. We've already updated our playlists because with voices like Beyonce and Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) we just had to have these songs on repeat.

Hakuna Matata

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Simba and Nala find each other after years apart (©2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved).

Beyond the amazing animation and talented voices, this new version of The Lion King thankfully offers the same great life lessons as the original. As we follow Simba's adventures, we learn about using power responsibly, finding the courage to face fears and of course, the importance of respecting the natural circle of life.

As you brace yourselves for Disney's next remake, check out the animals of Pride Rock in action in the trailer below.

The Lion King roars into cinemas today.


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