Director – Jon Favreau
“The Lion King” has been one of the most anticipated films of 2019. The trailers and teasers of the animated film generated hype and curiosity and the film seems to have lived up to its enormous expectations. The 1994 popular cult classic film, “The Lion King” has been remade as a quasi-live-action movie by Walt Disney, directed by Jon Favreau.
“The Lion King” tells the story about Simba who thinks that he is responsible for the murder of his dad Mufasa which is actually done by Scar. Simba is manipulated to think that, so he flees into exile. This young lion who is to succeed his father Mufasa, a king of the Pride Lands, Simba is given the valuable perspective from his childhood friend, Nala, Shaman and Rafiki before challenging Scar to end his tyranny and take the place as the rightful king.
Favreau reinforced the power and strength of the classic 1994 “The Lion King” while sticking to its directional choice and focused on upgrading the look of the earlier version. This can be a life-changing experience for those who had watched it at a young age and for those who were never a fan of “The Lion King”, then nothing will win over you. The best part of the Hindi version is that it never felt like a comic copy of the original English movie.
In the Hindi version, King of Bollywood Shah Ruk Khan roars as Mufasa; Aryan Khan as Simba, Ashish Vidyarthi as Scar, Shreyas Talpade as Timon, Sanjay Mishra as Pumbaa and legendary Asrani as Zazu! Every actor dreams to be on screen in debut film but Aryan khan was best in lending his voice to Simba as a debut artist. Every actor has done well in giving their voice to animals and made the audience feel as the actors are in real instead of the animals.
Cinespeaks Verdict: “The Lion King” is close to hearts and it sticks to the original version as well and it connects to people’s hearts and basically in that sense it is enjoyable and of course watchable.
Review by Rupal Purohit