Do you remember the 1994 Lion King animated masterpiece? In 25 years millions upon millions of people have cried at Mufasa’s death scene, cheered for Simba, and laughed their bottoms off at Timon and Pumbaa’s shenanigans. All this in gloriously animated full-feature movie, which also got an HD re-release a few years ago. Nobody’s ever thought that Disney would start dabbling in CGI-heavy live-action movies based on their animated versions. Timeless classics like Jungle Book, Dumbo, and Aladdin have already receiver the unnecessary facelift, and now it’s Simba’s time.
So, should you even care about this new version or should you stick to the tried and true animated classic instead? Well, if you’re still on the fence, here are 7 reasons to see the new Lion King.
1. Fantastic Cast
Starting from the legendary James Earl Jones as Mufasa and ending with ‘Queen’ Beyoncé as Nala, the cast is brilliant!
2. Sweet-sweet nostalgia
Prepare those tissues, because you know what’s coming!
3. Disney (almost always) delivers
I mean, they actually do make cool entertaining movies, so you won’t see some half-assed, fan-made attempt that only a mother would love. And it’s the freaking Lion King! There’s no way they screw it up.
4. Those songs…
Get ready to sing along with Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba. You think you’ve forgotten the lyrics, but trust me, your brain remembers everything you’ll never ever actually need. Can you feel the love tonight? The circle of life? I just can’t wait to be king? Yeah, you know them all, don’t you?
5. Death of Mufasa in IMAX 3D ULTRA HD
Remember those tissues you got earlier? Get more, just in case. This may be the saddest moment in the history of cinema. Now in 3D!
6. New CG direction
As I said earlier, this is a new trend where Disney turns their old cartoons into CGI-filled masterpieces, but what’s cool about this is that with each consecutive release, these films are getting more and more life-like. In a few years we won’t even need any actors, I bet!
7. Timon and Pumbaa
“Hakuna matata,” what a wonderful phrase!
Come on, you all want to see this duo as much as I do, because we know it’s going to be the best part of the damn movie! Now, get some bug-flavored pop-corn and order those tickets! I don’t know why you’d need pop-corn before the movie, so let’s just roll with it.