Video Interviews

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!

The Lion King is in theaters now.

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.


The Lion King (2019)

Adjusted Score: 72.039%
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

Tag Cloud

comic cars Pirates Grammys CBS All Access DC Comics dc Tarantino Paramount Teen Nickelodeon Christmas cooking TCM nature Elton John Turner Classic Movies latino anthology Musical free movies animated SDCC Disney Channel ghosts Reality Competition supernatural versus TruTV BBC TBS canceled festivals CBS Emmys DC streaming service Food Network witnail YouTube Premium Lucasfilm zombie mockumentary Comedy Rocky Music independent technology LGBT finale VICE FX The Arrangement E3 DirecTV Bravo Marvel Song of Ice and Fire El Rey Cartoon Network Black Mirror Hulu Premiere Dates political drama spinoff Stephen King hispanic facebook slashers 2019 cancelled TV series TIFF Disney Plus series Pet Sematary zero dark thirty Certified Fresh 007 Martial Arts toy story true crime cancelled TV shows RT21 spanish language Marathons First Look diversity Holidays TNT ESPN Masterpiece Emmy Nominations Ellie Kemper Family historical drama south america San Diego Comic-Con Awards anime period drama dramedy Disney+ Disney Plus Sci-Fi GoT Extras Logo social media aliens Sneak Peek Summer unscripted Sundance 2020 joker The Witch Disney streaming service werewolf quibi comiccon Peacock spain NYCC Biopics based on movie romantic comedy Writers Guild of America A24 Shudder 2018 boxoffice Year in Review miniseries Fantasy 2016 Tomatazos PaleyFest golden globes Film Festival streaming Quiz X-Men book travel GLAAD HBO Walt Disney Pictures Brie Larson batman Superheroes Dark Horse Comics Schedule Marvel Studios game of thrones E! Musicals Mary poppins RT History Opinion strong female leads cinemax Columbia Pictures Syfy war Best and Worst mutant police drama tv talk renewed TV shows TV TCA 2017 The Walking Dead Thanksgiving Amazon Prime Video Netflix rotten movies we love Polls and Games zombies adaptation television Showtime game show medical drama Britbox Cosplay Mystery Comics on TV discovery USA 24 frames Adult Swim Universal Television Academy hist Warner Bros. Country revenge Cannes Arrowverse Calendar psycho Classic Film Freeform serial killer Set visit Turner Nat Geo History CMT Star Wars talk show Drama ratings theme song 45 Comedy Central psychological thriller YouTube Superheroe Hallmark FXX sports Rock teaser Pixar Kids & Family Marvel Television HBO Max Holiday Anna Paquin breaking bad American Society of Cinematographers thriller stand-up comedy foreign natural history docudrama APB The CW Amazon Prime biography blockbuster Lifetime Christmas movies Captain marvel children's TV Netflix Christmas movies Red Carpet Infographic Western Epix transformers cancelled Horror Spectrum Originals spy thriller Vudu Trivia USA Network Winners dceu Action crime thriller Spring TV TV renewals vampires DGA blaxploitation Hallmark Christmas movies Character Guide space Trailer movies Sundance Now casting Chernobyl elevated horror Amazon robots Mindy Kaling Disney politics Paramount Network CW Seed Comic Book crime drama Video Games Ghostbusters spider-man MCU binge green book kids ABC The Purge dragons Apple National Geographic YA TLC YouTube Red Watching Series award winner 2015 Winter TV Podcast Rocketman Awards Tour indie Heroines 20th Century Fox cartoon 71st Emmy Awards SundanceTV CNN PBS Shondaland Nominations Toys romance Countdown Apple TV+ cults TV Land adventure 21st Century Fox Animation Mary Poppins Returns Pride Month crossover Box Office Fall TV disaster screenings Rom-Com justice league VH1 MTV Fox News Crunchyroll Pop Valentine's Day halloween LGBTQ MSNBC Trophy Talk Sony Pictures science fiction doctor who NBC video Super Bowl FOX Crackle singing competition OWN See It Skip It Mudbound composers GIFs richard e. Grant First Reviews IFC Films Starz Lifetime DC Universe Reality harry potter cancelled television what to watch Apple TV Plus Mary Tyler Moore cops Esquire jamie lee curtis New York Comic Con comics WarnerMedia Tumblr cats christmas movies ABC Family Film BET Spike Star Trek Photos Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt WGN A&E BBC America canceled TV shows sitcom Women's History Month Chilling Adventures of Sabrina sequel TCA Binge Guide Oscars Creative Arts Emmys SXSW Acorn TV AMC 2017 Ovation Interview IFC President Election ITV Lionsgate crime