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Movie Review: ‘The Lion King’

One of the greatest Disney films of all-time is back, and is introduced in live-action. Plus, Simba returned to Pride Rock as king.

By Michael ReynosoPublished 4 years ago 4 min read
Image Credit: @disneylionking

The king has returned.

The live-action remake of The Lion King was what we were waiting for since the first trailer. The anticipation of the trailers hyped us up for this movie, and it didn’t disappoint.

The movie was directed by Jon Favreau.

The amazing actors performed well and they are: Donald Glover (Older Simba), Beyoncé Knowles–Carter (Older Nala), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Seth Rogan (Pumbaa), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Billy Eichner (Timon), John Oliver (Zazu), John Kani (Rafiki), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi), and JD McCray (Young Simba) to name a few.

These A-list actors and actresses played their role with authenticity and conviction. The attention to detail with each animal and landscape of pride rock looked like the animated version of the film.

Opening Scene

The all-time best openers

The opening scene in this movie is by far the greatest Disney openers of all-time. Compared to other Disney films, The Lion King opener introduced us to what the movie is about already within seconds. The animals traveling in unison to visit “Pride Rock” and be a part of the anointing of Simba.

My family and I enjoyed this movie in 3D, and it was a breath-taking experience. Viewing animals up close and how they interact with each other came together perfectly.

Simba & Nala's Love Scene

Can You Feel the Love Tonight

The music soundtrack for this movie was both magical and impeccable. Beyoncé and Donald did exceptionally well as duets for the original song by music legend Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”

Even though you guys may prefer Elton John’s version, Beyoncé and Donald’s modern version is still great to listen to. Before this movie was announced, we thought that Beyoncé’s accent would be involved in her Nala character. Some people were questioning her voice over accent, and worried how her voice would be portrayed in the film.

As it turns out, Beyoncé’s voice sounds wonderful. The tone of her voice fits well with Nala’s character throughout the movie.

For those people who judged prematurely about Beyoncé’s accent, you should stop now and appreciate her performance. Personally, I think she outdid herself and brought her African roots to this movie. One of her best songs from her latest album The Lion King: The Gift is called “Spirit,” which embodies the Lion King movie.

If you guys haven’t listened to her new album, I recommend that you either stream it or download the entire album for yourself by clicking the above link on the tweet itself.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is one of those artists who keeps evolving and appreciating her craft. I am so glad that she was a part of this movie. When the Oscars rolls around, I know for sure that “Spirit” will be nominated for “Best Song.” I can just see it now. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter walking gracefully on stage with a beautiful gown to accept her first Oscar award.

The crowd cheers in unison.

Beyoncé delivers a humbled speech, thanking her family and everyone who performed well in The Lion King. That is the reaction I hope to see come next year.


The Lion King in theaters now!

If I were to grade The Lion King, I will definitely give it an A+. The opening act itself blew me away. James Earl Jones returned as Mufasa. Beyoncé Knowles voiced Nala to perfection. John Kani as Rafiki was performed well. Chiwetel Ejiofor outdid his performance as Scar.

Danny Glover as the older Simba was a joy to watch. Seth Rogan as Pumbaa was very entertaining, and a comedic relief. Billy Eichner as Timon kept me entertaining alongside Pumbaa. The other actors and actresses played their role to perfection.

Overall, The Lion King brought everyone together, and invited us to the “circle of life.”

From beginning to end, The Lion King exceeded all of my expectations. As a longtime Lion King fan, I really enjoyed this movie with my family. If you guys haven’t watched it, make sure to see it in your nearby theater with you loved ones.

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