Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Jeff Nathanson (Screenplay) Brenda Chapman (Story) and Irene Mecchi; Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton (Characters)
Voice Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor; John Oliver;James Earl Jones; John Kani; Alfre Woodard; JD McCrary; Shahadi Wright Joseph; Penny Johnson Jerald; Keegan-Michael Kay; Eric Andre; Florence Kasumba; Seth Rogen; Billy Eichner; Donald Glover and Beyonce
THE BMAF SYNOPSIS:
The story of Simba, a lion cub born to the King Mufasa has to live in his shadow and great legacy, knowing that he is expected to replace him one day.
That day comes sooner than he would expect when Mufassa is killed and he is made to feel the blame by Mufasa’s brother, Scar.
Running away from the situation, he finds friends and will eventually learn the truth and take back his rightful place as The Lion King.
THE BMAF REVIEW:
Going into this film, as the ‘Hakuna Matata‘ saying goes, we had no worries, we loved what it’s director did previously with the Live Action version of The Jungle Book, and in general whilst not liked by many, this retelling of classic animation films has done well for Disney, in fact Dumbo which we saw earlier this year will surely make our end of year Top 10
The problem with The Lion King is we love the animated version and despite an impressive voice cast, this was a massive let down. This new version seems to have taken all the character out of the animals, especially for Ed, our favourite of the 3 Hyenas. The songs are nowhere near as good as the animated version after, in fact the only thing that this improved on the original was showing the death of Mufasa as being live animals it seemed more real, so even that is not a good thing!
The orginal spawned a Musical; Direct to DVD sequels and a carton series for Timon and Pumba, it is hard to imagine this will have the same impact!
THE BMAF RATING:
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