The Lion King (2019): The Greatest Disney Live-Action Remake with Trailblazing CGI

Disney’s 13th Live-Action remake The Lion King is a magnificent watch. It takes you on a roller-coaster of emotions and reincarnates your love for the 1994 original. Four years after his fantastic work with ‘The Jungle Book’ adaptation, Jon Favreau has once again excelled as a director. This time, in the absence of any live actor, he has extracted marvelous voice-acting from his star-studded cast. His great attentiveness to meticulous photo-realism, fluidity in editing, and precise balance in sense of humor have turned this remake into the finest Disney has ever produced.

The story is almost similar to what we saw in the original. It is a frame by frame remake. However, it never compromises on the entertainment value, which you might be afraid of. If you are one of the individuals who cannot bear watching a film a second time. Be it for knowing the story, irrespective of its greatness – you are sure to be disappointed. As opposed to previous Disney remakes, the screenplay of The Lion King is not tweaked. But it captures the magic of the original so well that you will be glued to the screen from start to finish.

The story is one of the best that is ever written, encapsulating plenty of life lessons for its intended audience. The humor, though, is slightly amended with jokes more suitable for the adult audience. You might hear more laughter from the parents instead of the kids they will be accompanying. 

An Immersive Experience Like No Other

This film deserves to be seen in the best movie-viewing format for the ideal experience. If you watch it on an IMAX screen, you will be blown away by how immersive the film is. The hyper-realistic CGI and sound effects will put you right into the story. As a life-long cinephile, I highly value the way a film is presented. For films like The Lion King, or Avengers: Endgame, it is necessary to watch the film in its intended format. This film, totally demands either an IMAX viewing (first preference) or a Dolby Atmos experience. 

The film never looks like an animated film. It’s as real as a Nat Geo Documentary. Minus the animals, which are all very lively, living in a dreamlike world. The sharp brightness, shadows, and precise detailing are just unprecedented. Each time an animal speaks runs, or roars – you will hear the sound as realistically as possible. 

The 3D, too, has incredible clarity. In case you cannot manage to watch this film on IMAX or Dolby Atmos, you will be pleased with the quality of the 3D. Credit goes to the committed men and women behind the photo-realism of this film for churning out an all-new, cutting edge CGI tech. 

The film is breathtaking with detailing so high that if not announced about the CGI, everyone will believe it to be partly documented. There is barely any shot that seems unreal. The manner in which all the animals are animated to be emotive is masterful. This is the finest CGI tech you will be seeing since James Cameron’s Avatar. And it’s hard to visualize the next transition in visual effects technology.

Identical Music. Excellent Singing. Great Diversity.

THE LION KING – Featuring the voices of Florence Kasumba, Eric André and Keegan-Michael Key as the hyenas, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Disney’s “The Lion King” is directed by Jon Favreau. In theaters July 19, 2019. © 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The prominent up-gradation in this version of The Lion King is the excellent casting, where the complaints of the original film are dealt with. This film largely encompasses black performers, and it is a nice change considering the voice-acting and singing is fabulous. The crowd-favorite song ‘Hakuna Matata’ is as delightful as the original with pleasurable vocals from Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen.

One of the major songs has received complete re-imagining too. Sung by Beyonce, the new picturization looks stunning, with mesmerizing lighting and vocals.

While all the voice-acting is top-notch, Chiwetel Ejiofor impresses the most as the evil Uncle Scar. He showcases an array of emotions which his character demands and his excellent dialogue delivery makes the tormenting aftermath of stampede sequence all the more impactful.

Final Verdict

The Lion King is the most spectacular film to grace cinemas in a long, long time. It recaptures the charm and ardency of the original and turns out to be another massively successful film for Disney, with an insane first weekend global gross of $531 Million. The film has also ratified the expertise of Jon Favreau as a filmmaker.

Jam-packed with transcending CGI technology, endearing voice-acting, hummable songs, and great pacing – it is a thoroughly fulfilling cinematic experience for all ages, meant to be seen on the biggest and the best screen. However, if you don’t like remakes or expect a different way of retelling the same story – you will be disappointed.

Rating: 4/5

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