‘The Lion King’ sticks to its roots but loses original emotion

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The Lion King is released Friday in the UK. The movie features an applauded line up including Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver and James Earl Jones reprising his original role as Mufasa.

"The Lion King", directed by Jon Favreau, is a photo-realistic remake of Disney's classic 1994 animated hit.

With this caliber of technology, talent and story, "The Lion King" remake should be more than a flashy copycat.

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The Lion King holds a 56 per cent score at Rotten Tomatoes.

Kiwis are flocking to cinemas to see the new Lion King film with the live-action Disney reboot enjoying a record-breaking opening at the New Zealand box office. That's not only ahead of the pace of Aladdin, which pulled in $7 million in previews and went on to gross $91.5 million over the three-day weekend, but also higher than Beauty and the Beast ($16 million) and Incredibles 2 ($18 million), which debuted at $174 million and $182 million, respectively. "The box office will get a big paw up vs. last year's comparable weekend and knock the current deficit down a tick or two". "The Lion King" would replace "Incredibles 2", which launched previous year with $182.7 million, as the ninth biggest North American launch of all time. Movies like Avengers Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home were also leaked online hours after their official release. As per a report by Variety, The Lion King has already crossed $100 million in ticket sales globally - the ticket sales include the pre-booking of the first day as well the pre-booking of the weekend.

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