The Malaysian press screening of Jon Favreau’s The Lion King live-action remake will be held tomorrow, but reactions by those who were lucky enough to catch the world premiere in the US have already flooded the Twitter-sphere. And to nobody’s surprise, the movie has received positive comments from critics across the board. Reviewers are calling this movie “visually stunning,” “magical,” “faithful to the original” and “fresh.” Steve Weintraub from Collider.com even went as far as to compare the atmosphere during the premiere to a rock concert.
Well, it looks like The Lion King is going to be everything we’ve been hoping for and more, both visually stunning and absolutely spellbinding.
Check out the early reactions by critics below:
#TheLionKing combines gorgeously realistic CG with heart, humor and the same story/beats of the original. It also captures the same magical feeling of the animated movie and remains faithful to its spirit. Most of the voice acting works well and the music once again stands out.
— Dennis Tzeng 曾逸凡 (@ThinkHero) July 10, 2019
The Lion King is a dazzler. Gorgeous score, spot-on voice acting, but mostly, yeah, those visuals. 😍 #TheLionKing
— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) July 10, 2019
So #TheLionKing is dope 🦁
— Angelique Jackson (@angelique814) July 10, 2019
Been lucky to have attended a number of world premieres but not sure I've ever heard as much clapping during a movie as I did tonight at #TheLionKing . Was like being at a rock concert. Movie is going to make so much money. pic.twitter.com/rnU4qf92mt
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 10, 2019
#TheLionKing is visually immaculate & a game-changer for visual effects. It’s absolutely stunning in every way. The music shines (Glover & Beyoncé take it to another level), the performances are great (Timon, Pumbaa & Scar steal many scenes) & the emotions run HIGH. Truly great pic.twitter.com/lPH9Oo4ybb
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) July 10, 2019
Stay tuned to Lowyat.net for our review of The Lion King soon!
The Lion King official synopsis:
Disney’s “The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. 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 ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile.
With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way.
The Lion King roars into Malaysian cinemas 17 July 2019.
Check out the awesome featurette of Disney’s The Lion King below: