- Disney’s highly-anticipated remake of “ The Lion King” received mixed reviews from critics, but that didn’t stop fans from praising the film.
- On movie rating aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, for example, the film has an 89% “fresh” rating from audience members — compared to a 56% “rotten” rating from critics.
- Fans called the film’s animation “beautiful” and “dazzling,” while others praised the cast (which includes Beyoncé, Donald Glover, and Seth Rogen) and said the remake was “visually stunning.”
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Moviegoers are giving “The Lion King” pretty incredible reviews — even though critics weren’t nearly as impressed with the remake.
Fans praised the film’s visuals, and the talented cast.
“The 2019 version of Disney’s the Lion King graces us with its beautiful animation,” one viewer wrote.
“While the mirrored-rendition, line-for-line and shot-for-shot, may be disadvantageous in some areas, including dialogue and ambition, it’s still a dazzling remake for a new generation of moviegoers to enjoy,” he said.
Another audience member called the remake “a masterpiece.”
“I loved it,” the reviewer wrote, adding, “They kept the integrity of the original animated version and kept the comedy which I was afraid they wouldn’t.”
“‘The Lion King’ (2019) is one of Disney’s best remakes so far, on par with ‘The Jungle Book,'” one reviewer said.
“Its VFX are game-changing, its score is more powerful and emotional than in the original, and the story carries the same heartfelt impact.”
The moviegoer called the film “one of 2019’s best movies.”
While some audience reviewers had some criticisms of the film (namely, the characters’ lack of facial expressions, and the remake’s lack of originality), most rated “The Lion King” four stars or more on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fans especially praised the remake’s realistic CGI animation, calling it “visually stunning” and “beautiful.” Others said the film’s voice cast — which includes Beyoncé, Donald Glover, and Seth Rogen — was one of strongest parts of “The Lion King.”
While most also thought the film’s visuals were particularly outstanding, the lack of emotion and uneven musical numbers caused many to give the film mixed reviews.
David Ehrlich of IndieWire called the lions “badly dubbed.”
“The more adorable characters are easier to believe, as their cuteness allows for an extra dash of anthropomorphized fun, but the vocal performances aren’t equipped to carry the emotional weight that the hand-drawn animation once expressed on its own,” he wrote.
And INSIDER’s Kirsten Acuna felt that certain musical numbers could’ve been stronger. Chiwetel Ejiofor, who voices Scar, gave an odd rendition of the villain’s anthem “Be Prepared,” according to Acuna.
“The song from Elton John and Tim Rice isn’t so much a song as a speech from Scar that crescendos into a mix between the villain shouting and singing,” she wrote.
“The problem isn’t Ejiofor. The last few seconds of the song with him belting out the words ‘Be Prepared’ are its best.”
Even though critics didn’t have much love for the film, it seems like it’s a hit with fans — and is expected to far outpace the original at the box office during its opening weekend.
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