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455 Ratings

The Lion King

Directed by Jon Favreau
United States, 2019
Adventure, Drama, Animation


After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

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The Lion King Directed by Jon Favreau

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2020 | Nominee: Best Visual Effects

Golden Globes (USA)

2020 | 4 nominations including: Best Original Song - Motion Picture



It is not the visual shot-for-shot resemblance between the source and the remake that perpetuates these messages of the past (in the polarized America of the present, to still advocate for the murder of anyone of a particular group or demographic or disagreement is quite untimely), but rather the ideological sameness that only indicates the studio’s slow adaptation to the world.
July 29, 2019
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Whereas other films generate a frisson from the contact between human actors and imaginary environments, The Lion King has no live-action element. It pursues photorealism for its own sake.
July 23, 2019
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When Simba comes into his own and must defend his tribe against his scheming uncle Scar and the menacing, invasive Hyenas, there’s no emotional power. The Lion King’s parallels to the historical lessons of Greek mythology or fairy-tale morality just feel like vague memories.
July 19, 2019
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