Reviews: The Lion King (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …the very definition of critic proof, but while others have found the film soulless, it is undeniably beautiful to look at and Seth Rogen as a farting warthog is almost worth the price of admission alone.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: For a remake to be successful it has to have a reason for existing. And having the technology to make photorealistic animals and environments is almost reason enough for a remake of The Lion King to exist. However, instead of using the technology to tell a story, director Jon Favreau lets the technology dictate what he did.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The film utilizes impressive technology, but fails to apply that same inventiveness and ingenuity towards its storytelling.
  • Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits
    • Excerpt: Like a cover version of a favourite song, the latest live action remake is a technically proficient film – and the CG is dazzling – but the texture mapping ends at the computers in a film that somehow gets flatter with the added dimensions.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: This is a gorgeous evocation of the superior original.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: If you knelt at the alter of the original, then you will champion it all over again 25 years later. If The Lion King was only another Disney installment for you, then the new one will be take it or leave it, unless you have a kid now who hasn’t seen it yet.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: An autocannibalistic, artistically bankrupt perfection of marketing nostalgia.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: Disney remakes The Lion King, completing their own version of the Circle of Life.
  • Jared Mobarak @ Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Aesthetic realism is only improvement if it improves the whole. I don’t think anyone could objectively agree [this does] considering these graphics ultimately harmed it.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: For all the work that went into bringing an animated African savanna to “life,” this Lion King lacks heart.
  • Ruben Rigaud @ cocalecas.net [Spanish]
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Luckily, the shininess, so to speak, is an undeniably impressive and redeeming feature to a lack of implemented originality.