‘The Lion King’ Early Reactions Praise ‘Incredible’ Visual Effects, ‘Touching’ Emotional Journey

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Can you feel the love tonight? It’s all going toward Disney’s upcoming not-quite-live-action remake of “The Lion King.”
The first reactions (NO SPOILERS) to the update of the 1994 classic are glowing and rapturous, particularly over the photorealistic CGI deployed by director Jon Favreau.
Moviefone’s own Drew Taylor said, “You’ve never seen anything like this before.:
The remake stars Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Seth Rogen as warthog Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as meerkat Timon, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and James Earl Jones once again as Mufasa.
The movie brings back all the beloved songs from the original, including “The Circle of Life,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”
“The Lion King” opens in theaters July 19.
Check out the early reactions from Twitter below. Again, no spoilers are included.

 

The Lion King

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. Read More

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