There’s nothing really wrong with the new Lion King.
The story is a classic for a reason. The animation is stunning, so lifelike it’d be borderline terrifying if it weren’t so cute. The music, by Hans Zimmer, remains irresistible, and that original track by Beyoncé feels like a welcome addition rather than an intrusive one (as Jasmine’s new number in the recent Aladdin remake did).
Oh, and speaking of Ms. Knowles-Carter, that voice cast is top-notch, too. She brings soul and depth to Nala, John Oliver sounds like he was born to play Zazu, and Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner damn near steal the whole show as Pumbaa and Timon. Read more…
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'The Lion King' is a dutiful recreation of a beloved classic