Following this week’s world premiere in the City of Angels, Disney’s The Lion King has now received its first batch of reactions.

Director Jon Favreau takes another swing at re-imagining a classic Disney movie in the live-action format, having previously wowed fans with his adaptation of The Jungle Book.

He’s once again gathered a breathtaking vocal cast alongside all sorts of technological magic, but does 2019’s The Lion King hold up with those who’ve been lucky enough to see it already?


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Well folks, Digital Spy can report that it’s looking pretty good from here on out.

ComicBook‘s Brandon Davis wrote on Twitter: “#TheLionKing is visually and audibly astounding! I’ve never seen anything like that on an animation level. It’s so beautiful. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner really steal the show. Chiwetel Ejiofor is brilliant as Scar! It is so much fun. Great movie.”

Collider‘s Steven Weintraub compared the premiere to watching a rock band, noting: “Been lucky to have attended a number of world premieres but not sure I’ve ever heard as much clapping during a movie as I did tonight at #TheLionKing.

“Was like being at a rock concert. Movie is going to make so much money.”

SlashFilm‘s Peter Sciretta questioned whether the movie was necessary, but sounded blown away by what he witnessed, adding: “#TheLionKing is a breathtaking visual cinematic achievement. I can’t believe this is a CG animated movie.

“Timon and Pumbaa steal the show. It’s a good Disney remake but was it necessary? Maybe not, but it’s enjoyable and families are gonna love it.”

One thing’s for sure with this one: the visuals are likely to leave your jaw on the floor. And for that, we can probably thank Sir David Attenborough.

The Lion King will open in cinemas on July 19.

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