The Lion King Showing at HOYTS, Wells St, Frankston

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We’re sure that this 2019 remake of Disney’s 1994 classic The Lion King requires no plot summary. So instead let’s dive into what’s new.

It’s captivating how real all of the animals and scenery look. It’s a true masterpiece. It just looks so real that if there weren’t animals speaking it might just be mistaken for one of David Attenborough’s wildlife documentaries. The close attention paid to the movement of the lions’ manes in the wind and their chests rising with each breath is a huge progression from the cartoon we came to love. Fight scenes were more realistic, as were the predator and subsequent eating sequences. Scar and his team of hyenas were eerily evil and presented perfectly. The musical numbers were catchy yet realistic in that they weren’t in the characters’ minds like a surreal dream. 

James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa, which was music to our ears. His distinctive voice joins Beyoncé Knowles, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodward, Keegan-Michael Key, John Oliver and Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino. The cast was flawless, as was the quality of their singing voices. Beyoncé, also known as Queen B, was a loveable Nala, while Donald Glover was a cheeky, strong-willed Simba. Billy Eichner played Timon, joining Seth Rogen as his best friend, Pumbaa. They were just as witty and full of banter as the original duo we met back in 1994. Their rendition of Hakuna Matata was upbeat, as was the very popular I Just Can’t Wait to be King, by Simba and Nala. 

But don’t worry, you adults out there — our cinema was 90 per cent made up of those who would have grown up with The Lion King. It’s not just for kids!

KATE SEARS 8/10


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