" The Lion King " Movie Review. Super Direction by Jon Favreau.

" The Lion King "  is an American musical film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney's traditionally animated 1994 film  "The Lion King ".

The film 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 role from the original.

Plans for a remake of The Lion King were confirmed in September 2016 following the success of Disney's The Jungle Book, also directed by Favreau. Much of the main cast signed in early 2017 and principal production began in mid-2017 on a blue screen stage in Los Angeles.

The film is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on July 19, 2019. It received mixed reviews, with praise for its visual effects, musical score and vocal performances, but criticism for its facial animations and lack of originality .

Voice cast
Main article: List of The Lion King characters ,Donald Glover as Simba: ,JD McCrary as young Simba ,Seth Rogen as Pumbaa:,Alfre Woodard as Sarabi: ,John Kani as Rafiki: John Oliver as Zazu:,James Earl Jones as Mufasa.
Additionally, Penny Johnson Jerald voices Sarafina, Nala's mother. Amy Sedaris, Chance Bennett and Josh McCrary voice a guinea fowl, a bush baby, and an elephant shrew, respectively, Timon and Pumbaa's neighbors in the jungle. Phil LaMarr voices an impala, while J. Lee voices a hyena.

Anyone asking why we needed a new version of The Lion King only has to look as far as the film's stunning opening sequence to reconsider that question. Herds of animals– zebras, elephants, antelope – stride across the screen majestically against a wide African vista in what appears to be footage culled from a wildlife documentary…except that it's not. This incredible sequence, like the rest of the film, is a marvel of modern technology, of computer-generated photorealism. 

In terms of plot, director Jon Favreau sticks closely to the original 1994 animation film. You know the beats: jealous lion Scar,plots to kill his brother, the Lion King Mufasa, and his little nephew Simba so he can claim the throne. There are echoes of Hamlet, but the overarching themes are those of bravery and learning responsibility.

The original Lion King, you might remember, was a musical, and the remake revisits classic numbers like Circle of Life, dubbed Zindagidorsi and belted out with full lung-bursting power by Sunayana Sarkar. Sunidhi Chauhan and Armaan Mallik bring their velvet voices to the desi version of Can you feel the love tonight? and Armaan puts a playful spin on Hakuna Matata.

If you loved the original animation film from 25 years ago, there's a chance this remake might feel redundant, since it doesn't put a fresh spin on a beloved story. But it's hard to deny the thrill of watching these gorgeous creatures realize the same story in the closest we may ever come to watching a live action version of the film.

 The chief reason to give this film a chance is to marvel at the sheer artistry at display. I'm going with three-and-a-half out of five for " The Lion King" .

Rating : 3.5 / 5.

saleem P. Chacko.

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