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Did The Lion King Live Up to Expectations?: The Ultimate Debate

Mark Ellis, Jacqueline Coley, Maude Garrett, and Joel Meares discuss the merits of Jon Favreau's reimagining and whether or not audiences are growing tired of Disney's "live-action" remakes.

by | July 22, 2019 | Comments

Mane event Mark Ellis hosts a pride of movie experts — Geek Bomb’s Maude Garrett, and Rotten Tomatoes’ own Jacqueline Coley and Joel Meares — on the third Disney live-action remake in four months: The Lion King! Despite its pedigree and hype, The Lion King has a surprisingly low Tomatometer, so we’re all here to talk why. Were the songs not good enough? Was it too similar to the original? Was photo-realistic the way to go? Or does every one just need to relax and enjoy the ride? Join us in this circle of life, spoilers, and remake mania!

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The Lion King (2019)

Adjusted Score: 71.447%
Critics Consensus: While it can take pride in its visual achievements,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.
Synopsis: From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau's all-new "The Lion King" journeys to the African savanna where a future king... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

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