The Lion King Movie Review 2019: Watch It For Shah Rukh And Aryan Khan

The Lion King Movie Review 2019: Watch It For Shah Rukh And Aryan Khan

Movie Name
The Lion King
Jon Favreau
Animation, Adventure, Drama
01 hours 58 minutes

The Lion King Review

There's a big leap in technology. Obviously, since Disney first animated the compelling Mufasa-Simba adventure way back in 1994. 25 years later, computer-animation can and does make the visuals more cuddly-real.

Director Jon Favreau who joined hands with Disney and used technology to retell The Jungle Book with much success three years ago, pulls it off again. But that's mainly because the 1994 outing was so delightful that families could keep seeing the same story forever and still feel the warmth of Simba's world.

However, the story of royal Mufasa, his little cub Simba who in a hurry to grow up and show off ends up disobeying his father and going into the forbidden area from where he has to be rescued, the father-son camaraderie and Uncle Scar's treachery which results in Mufasa's death, Scar's wickedness in making the innocent cub believe he's guilty of having his father killed and urging the son to run away, has been such a cosy part of our movie-watching lives that you step back and wonder, why was the magnificent The Lion King remade? Only as a technology upgrade? But I loved the personalised animation of 1994 which brought out each emotion with close-up clarity.

Story, Screenplay, Dialogues and Music are so much from the original that the 2019 version cannot be rated by itself for creative originality. Lines like sprightly Simba waking up his father early morning and Mufasa telling his wife, ‘When Simba wakes up so early, he's your son', were in the original. So is the father-son conversation where Mufasa talks to Simba about ancestors watching them as stars from the sky. The hit song, ‘Hakuna Matata' was alsocomposed 25 years ago.

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The Verdict

Since Favreau sticks to the original plotline with all the characters retaining what made them so endearing 25 years ago, and the rebooted version has nothing brilliantly new to offer, as an Indian, I’d recommend the Hindi version of The Lion King 2019. Simply for the enriching collection of voices that make it a novelty for the Hindi audience.

The comforting familiarity of Shah Rukh Khan’s voice as Mufasa, the welcome freshness of son Aryan Khan voicing Simba who sounds so much like his famous father, the first-rate hilarity that Shreyas Talpade brings to Timon the meerkat, the nostalgia of veteran Asrani’s voice as Zazu that harks back to his Sholay days, the comic professionalism of Sanjay Mishra as warthog Puma and the menacing Ashish Vidyarthi as Uncle Scar, make The Lion King quite an experience.

Do go watch it in Hindi which gets a 3* rating.


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