• The Lion King (2019)

The Lion King

Release Date: July 19th, 2019

PG |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. 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 soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Cast: Donald "Childish Gambino" Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Beyoncé , James Earl Jones

Director: Jon Favreau

Genres: Children , Adventure

Production Co: Walt Disney Pictures, Fairview Entertainment

Distributors: Walt Disney

Keywords: Father, Quest, Friendship, Son, Growing up, Transformation, Amusing, Family, Charming, Rise, Friend, Tense, Cheeky

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Dana StevensSlate

    Uncanny singing animals aside, a secondary effect of the film’s commitment to zoological verisimilitude is to place the voice actors in a relatively powerless position. It’s a strange choice to assemble an all-star cast from various walks of celebrity—actors, pop singers, rappers, comedians—and then make their only contribution a verbal one. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    By and large, very few remakes, other than Gus Van Sant's shot-by-shot reproduction of Psycho, have adhered as closely to their original versions as this one does. Everything here is so safe and tame and carefully calculated as to seem pre-digested. There's nary a surprise in the whole two hours. show more

  • 70
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    Blessed with some excellent voice performances, this new King is familiar but still lively enough to encourage audiences to emotionally invest again in story they are already so familiar with. show more

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