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Lion King, The (PG)

Lion King, The (PG)

Musical, Drama

A musical drama in which a young lion is cast out of the pride after the death of his father. Read more …

The critical consensus

The great circle of life has thrown up a gorgeous, star-studded story, but trading feeling for realism means that we lose something of the original film’s excellence.

***(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 12/07/2019

The ’toon still rules when it comes to heart, but this shot-for-shot remake is an impressively mounted, visually breathtaking nostalgia rush.

***(*)(*)Matt Maytum, Total Film, 12/07/2019

The circle of commercial life has given birth to this all-but-indistinguishable digiclone descendant. I don’t quite feel like bowing, but respect has to be paid to a handsomely made piece of entertainment.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 11/07/2019

Director Jon Favreau uses nostalgia as a springboard for experimentation, finding new ways to tell old stories.

****(*)Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent, 11/07/2019

Jon Favreau’s photo-realistic remake of The Lion King is a gasp-inducing visual spectacle, but the magic of the original isn’t quite there.

****(*)Joseph Walsh, The Skinny, 15/07/2019

Disney's latest 'live-action' reimagining struggles to convince despite photorealistic visuals.

***(*)(*)Jo Berry, The List, 16/07/2019

A visually spectacular carbon copy.

Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 16/07/2019

Jon Favreau’s photorealistic copy of the classic 1994 animated feature is a virtual triumph – but why go to the effort?

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 21/07/2019

Features about Lion King, The (PG)

Disney remakes and the power of nostalgia

Imran Rahman-Jones, BBC, 15/07/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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