WORDS — Xavier Stewart, age 15
The future king of Pride Rock is born and Young Simba (JD McCrary) is presented to the other animals by his father, King Mufasa (James Earl Jones). But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), our catty villain and brother of Mufasa is the former heir to the throne and is now bumped off the lineage. Well, we’ll soon see about that!
Based on the cartoon classic from 1994, it stays true to the original animation – but now everything looks crazy real. The CGI is off the chart. And I mean EPIC! The graphics look so good that your brain can’t quite work out if it’s real or animation or both or neither. WHOA!
The humour is on point and I especially loved Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner as Timon and Pumbaa. They’ve got some new dialogue too, which was really funny and totally hit the spot.
I give it 4 out of 5
Now screening at palacenova.com.au