Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King remake debuted with a “Rotten” score on the popular review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
When Disney debuted its first trailer for The Lion King, even those who were impressed by the photorealistic CGI expressed concerns about the remake potentially being a shot-for-shot retread of the original animated classic. Now, reviews for The Lion King are officially online and despite the largely positive initial reactions from those who attended the premiere, the latest Disney remake debuted on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 58%, though that number will likely change as more reviews are submitted to the site.
Based on a total of 82 reviews at press time, the critical consensus for The Lion King appears to confirm the doubts many fans held regarding the originality, or lack thereof, in the latest Disney remake:
Though it can take pride in its visual achievements, this reimagined The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved – though for some fans that may just be enough.
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) July 11, 2019
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Here is the official synopsis for Disney’s The Lion King:
Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King features the voices talents of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
The Lion King opens in theaters on July 19, 2019. Stay tuned for more updates!
Source: Rotten Tomatoes