It’s been 25 years since Simba first told us that he couldn’t wait to be king.
Now, in 2019, he’s back to remind us, only this time in a far more visually realistic form.
Yep, that’s right: Disney’s The Lion King remake is just days away from its July 19 release and the first reactions from critics are already being shared on Twitter.
Mashable’s Angie Han explained that despite the many positives — solid casting, impressive animation — there isn’t much new about the movie.
“It’s more nostalgic rehash than fresh reimagining,” she tweeted.
#TheLionKing is exactly as advertised: a beat-for-beat remake of the original. Impressive animation and some ace casting choices (Beyoncé is a spirited Nala, John Oliver is an ideal Zazu) plus that music is still 👍👍 – but it’s more nostalgic rehash than fresh reimagining
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) July 10, 2019
For the most part, though, the reactions seemed to be fairly glowing.
Mashable’s Alison Foreman described it as “cute and heartwarming.”
The Lion King 2019 was so cute and heartwarming it made me want kids. Rebellious, arrogant, prince-to-be lion cub kids. But still. 🦁 #TheLionKingPremiere
— Alison Foreman (@alfaforeman) July 10, 2019
The one big thing a lot of people seem to be mentioning? How damn good the movie looks.
Holy smokes, I really loved THE LION KING. I think (I think) it’s the most beautiful effects movie I’ve seen. Like next level, the game has changed kind of thing. (For the record I’m agnostic on the original movie and have zero nostalgia for it. Anyway, this movie hooked me.)
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 10, 2019
The Lion King… was more than anything i ever could’ve wanted. It was BEAUTIFULLY animated, paid the highest of honors to the original, and was packed with modern humor.
Seriously. See #TheLionKing. Please. It’s a piece of art.
— Mica Burton (@MicaBurton) July 10, 2019
Oh man #TheLionKing delivers. It’s a visual masterpiece that will leave you smiling and crying the whole time. It’s a true testament to the lasting effect Disney movies have on all generations. Timon and Pumbaa steal the show. And BEYONCE!!! #LionKing
— Beatrice Verhoeven (@bverhoev) July 10, 2019
Several people also called out Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, who play Timon and Pumba respectively, and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance as Scar.
#TheLionKing is visually immaculate & a game-changer for visual effects. It’s absolutely stunning in every way. The music shines (Glover & Beyoncé take it to another level), the performances are great (Timon, Pumbaa & Scar steal many scenes) & the emotions run HIGH. Truly great pic.twitter.com/lPH9Oo4ybb
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) July 10, 2019
#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. pic.twitter.com/v62LHFIM7W
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) July 10, 2019
That being said, some people did highlight the difficulty of giving CGI animals emotions.
That being said, #TheLionKing does illustrate the limitations of projecting human emotions onto photorealistic animals that can’t convey human expression. More in my review when the embargo lifts!
— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) July 10, 2019
#TheLionKing is a landmark *visual* experience. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I think it’s going to change how we look at movies forever.
As an *emotional* experience, though…I’ll put it this way: It turns out lions can’t really emote.
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) July 10, 2019
Not long to go now. The Lion King is out July 19.