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.
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.
Excerpt: A genuine marvel of digital filmmaking, director Jon Favreau’s The Lion King mesmerizes with the stunning photorealism in the CG animation, but it also boringly duplicates the original Disney classic without offering much new.
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.
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.