Chiwetel Ejiofor is a highlight as ugly Scar, bringing a Shakespearian pathos to the procedure. His beautiful sung voice is briefly teased but unfortunately underused in a scene that will delight and disappoint the long-time fans unequivocally. The actor of Dr. Strange is joined by a group of hyenas voiced by Eric Andre, Keegan-Michael Key and the mighty Florence Kasumba in the lead role, Shenzi. The band is solid like Scar's henchmen, but the more serious tone of the story this time means that hyenas fail to recreate the mad, frantic and often clumsy energy that has made the outcasts. these public favorites in the classic movie.
Beyoncé is wonderful (though slightly underused) as a passionate and ardent adult, Nala, and Donald Glover add a possibility of relativity and reflection to Simba. Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, respectively Timon and Pumbaa, are the stars of the cast. The duo illuminates every scene in which he finds himself, with his dedication to doing nothing, his dark and nihilistic humor and the awesome singing voice of Eichner.
Timon and Pumbaa add the essence of the new content to this story, with both partners sharing hilarious results. They also play in what was, for this commentator, the most inspiring scene of this adventure when they join JD McCrary (who kills him) and Donald Glover in a surprisingly amusing and moving rendition of "Hakuna Matata".
While the casting of the voice definitely raises the film, The Lion King is at the heart of all the visuals. At the premiere, Jon Faverau revealed that each scene in the film, with the exception of one shot, was entirely computer generated; not that you know how you look at it. If The Jungle Book shows the potential of what could be done with computer animation, The Lion King pushes the boundaries even further, often giving the impression of watching a documentary about nature rather than the A feature film.
Favreau takes a look at one of the greatest assets of the film: longer and longer shots depicting small moments in the astonishing Pride Lands, like a trail of ants climbing the branch of a tree, a washing mouse a puddle of water, or a piece of fur floating across the vast landscape.
From lovable baby lions to the eclectic list of animals that fill the screen, the animators at The Lion King are doing a brilliant job in bringing to life the flora and fauna of the land of pride, and for the most, it works. However, something that is lost in the narration is the visual emotion of the characters, because the film opts for a photorealistic tone that leaves the main body of animals looking like … well, animals.
Although it may not reach a younger audience in the same way as the emotional animated creatures that usually fill Disney movies, it does not mean that the most fantastic and musical moments do not work. There is a gravitas that suits the Shakspearean story that was not there before, but some of the emotional beats do not hit as hard.
Despite all the successes of the film, it is difficult to judge the Lion King in a completely objective way, because it is in fact only a remake scene by scene of a film that exists. already (and that would have been snatched from an existing Osamu Tezuka anime – google Kimba). But in this spirit, Favreau and co. do a good job of making the lion king feel like a good company that changes the rules of the game with regard to the artistic techniques that were used to create it. The film will undoubtedly present the story to a new generation of fans while offering something visual enough for the original fans to find something new to love.