One-Minute Review: Disney’s The Lion King

One-Minute Review: Disney’s The Lion King
Disney's The Lion King opens everywhere on July 19th.

By Zondra Hughes

This isn’t your childhood Lion King movie.

And then again, it is.

You know the story and the addictive musical score and thus Disney's The Lion King (2019) is chockful of spoilers: Mufasa must die. Scar is more snake than lion. The young king Simba will lose his way, lose touch with his natural self and ultimately come back to assume his rightful place as king.

You don’t view The Lion King, you experience it, and you may get lost in the sorcery of Disney Imagineers’ ability to recreate realistic talking animals right down to the animals’ unique strands of hair.

The talented James Earl Jones returns as the booming authoritative voice of Mufasa and (new to the film) Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is flawless as Nala. (Sidebar: Beyoncé's rich vocals on the film's soundtrack is nothing short of mesmerizing.)

THE LION KING - (Left to Right) Billy Eichner (Timon), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Young Nala), JD McCrary (Young SImba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi), Donald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Nala), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), John Oliver (Zazu), Keegan-Michael Key (Kamari) and Eric André (Azizi). Photo by Kwaku Alston. © 2019 Beyoncé/Kwaku Alston.

THE LION KING - (Left to Right) Billy Eichner (Timon), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Young Nala), JD McCrary (Young SImba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi), Donald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Nala), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), John Oliver (Zazu), Keegan-Michael Key (Kamari) and Eric André (Azizi). Photo by Kwaku Alston. © 2019 Beyoncé/Kwaku Alston.

Disney's The Lion King is directed by Jon Favreau; Producers:  Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Silver, Karen Gilchrist and Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson.

The voice talent from Disney’s “The Lion King” include  Billy Eichner (Timon), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Young Nala), JD McCrary (Young Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi), Donald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Nala), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), John Oliver (Zazu), Keegan-Michael Key (Kamari) and Eric André (Azizi).

Bottom line: Experience Disney’s The Lion King at least twice—once for the entertainment, and a second time for the life lessons.

Disney’s The Lion King opens everywhere July 19th.

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