The Lion King (2019) Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Disney is on a roll in adapting their timeless classics into live-adaptation masterpiece. From Dumbo and Aladdin this year, they are not quite done yet as they offer The Lion King for this month. 

I was six years old when the animated film was released, and it is quite memorable for me as my mom and dad brought me to the cinema to watch it on the first day. They also bought me a shirt after, and the rest was history. I think Disney has brought great justice in giving the Lion King a welcoming return to the silver screen. It has a powerful story that will make your hearts cry and leave some important lessons you can adapt in your life. 

You can really see that this film is pretty much expensive with the grandiose effects which are a candy treat to the eye, especially when you experience it on an IMAX Screen. It feels so realistic with the character designs and detailed ideas. The musical numbers were pretty lively, and we managed to sing along with some of the hits like Hakuna Matata, can You feel The Love Tonight and I Can't Just Wait to Be King. 

Aside from the technical aspects, the film also got a huge boost coming from its excellent of stars who lend their voices to our favorite characters. James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa. It definitely gives us the chills hearing the same Mufasa tone all over again. Chiwetel Ejiofor is tremendously creepy as Scar while Donald Glover was indeed perfect for Simba. You also got Beyonce Knowles giving life to Nala and an entertaining Zazu coming from John Oliver. However, the spotlight was taken by Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner, who once again made Timon and Pumbaa an instant crowd favorite. The humor also helped a lot in making it lighter and complex throughout. 

Overall, The Lion King is pretty impressive in every aspect, from the stunning lively visuals up to the outstanding set of voice talents. It let us relive the nostalgic moment of our childhood and will still make your heart melt even we all know what will happen in the story. This is one of those films you shouldn't ever dare to miss on the big screen.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars

Cast: Donald Glover, Beyonce Knowles, Seth Rogen

Directed by: Jon Favreau
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH
Opens July 17 in PH cinemas