Even 25 years after witnessing Simba’s journey from of a young cub to the King of the Pride Lands, The Lion King still remains fresh on our minds. The 1994 classic made us laugh, cry and learn a lesson or two in the importance of being ourselves.
So you can imagine our excitement over Disney’s live-action remake. The photo-realistic version of The Lion King hits theatres today and 90's kids all over the world can relive the magic one more time. In fact, the new release will introduce the story of the little lion to a whole new generation as well - that too, with Donald Glover and Beyoncé voicing Simba and Nala respectively.
Other cast members include Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba and John Oliver as Zazu, with James Earl Jones back as the legendary voice of Simba's father, Mufasa. The original score of the new version is being retained by Hans Zimmer, while Beyoncé has helped curate a special album for it as well.
As The Lion King opens in cinema across the globe, here are five reasons why it is a must-watch for everyone.
Many diehard fans still rewatch the 1994 version of The Lion King with all their heart. Getting to relive the Hakuna Matata magic yet again, will definitely take be one trip down memory lane that we don’t mind taking.
Mesmerising visual effects
Director Jon Favreau used the photo-realism technique back in 2016's The Jungle Book and boy, did the film look good. He has used the same process for The Lion King and the visuals of the Pride Lands seen in the trailers have been breathtaking, to say the least. It almost looks like a National Geographic documentary.
Tremendous voice cast
An all-star voice cast comprising Donald, Beyoncé, Chiwetel, Billy, Seth, John and the legendary James is more than enough reason to watch The Lion King. James’ return as Mufasa is just a cherry on top of the cake!
Did you know that Hans actually won an Oscar for Best Original Score for composing the music of 1994 The Lion King? Hence, the original soundtrack has been retained for the 2019 version with an additional 'zazz' attached. As we said earlier, Beyoncé has curated an album for the film, which includes the recently-released inspirational track Spirit.
All-around family entertainer
This one is fairly obvious. People of all ages can watch The Lion King and as was the case with the original cartoon, the live-action remake will also strike a chord with you, whether you’re eight or 80 years old. It's the perfect family film for all! So tell us, how excited are you?