The Lion King is in theaters on July 19th, 2019.

Get. Ready. For. Beyoncé! The new photorealistic Lion King isn’t out yet, but I’ve already seen some negative reviews online, and I have to say I seriously disagree with all the hate. I loved this remake of The Lion King and thought director Jon Favreau did a beautiful job.

I don’t think I need to go into the plot details – unless you live under a rock (not Pride Rock) you’ve seen Disney’s classic Lion King from 1994! This remake paid full homage to this classic story, sticking VERY close to the original movie! They changed only a few scenes and added a gorgeous new song from the one and only Beyoncé. This cast amazed me, with strong performances from Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner as Timon and Pumbaa, as well as Donald Glover as Simba. With a supporting cast like BEYONCE, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Andre and more, how could this movie possibly go wrong? I got chills hearing Can You Feel the Love Tonight, and really tried to hold back tears for THE stampede scene. The entire movie creation was beautiful and made me want to watch a documentary about African safaris after. All the animals looked so real and so adorable!

I genuinely do not understand how critics have so many negative things to say about this movie. If they had drastically changed the plot, people would have been mad; so, when they really don’t change the plot, people are still mad. If you loved the original Lion King, and you love Beyoncé, then do yourself a favor: ignore all the critics and go see this beautiful movie for yourself. Hats off to Jon Favreau for an incredible movie, and to Hans Zimmer for another amazing score. I, for one, can’t WAIT to be king (to see it again)!

Rating: 4 out of 5


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