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BEVERLY HILLS — Disney’s “The Lion King” returns to the big screen on Thursday in a live-action photo-realistic remake of the 1994 animated classic. Directed by Jon Favreau ("The Jungle Book," "Iron Man"), the film is chock-full of A-list talent, including Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Billy Eichner, and James Earl Jones.
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The new version of “The Lion King” doesn’t veer far from the original: Simba (Glover) flees the Pride Lands after he believes he causes the death of his father, Mufasa (Jones). However, at the behest of his childhood friend, Nala (Knowles-Carter), Simba returns to his homeland, seeking to reclaim it from his evil Uncle Scar (Ejiofor) with the help of his friends Timon (Eichner) and Pumbaa (Rogen).
The 1994 “Lion King” became one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, earning nearly a billion dollars at the box office — and the 2019 version is likely to follow suit. It’s a visually stunning film: In the opening scene, herds of gorgeous animals — zebras, elephants, and antelope — bound across a sprawling African landscape. King Mufasa stands proudly, waiting to hold up his newborn cub, Simba, as “The Circle of Life” resounds in the background. The hyper-realistic CGI and sound effects continue throughout “The Lion King,” immersing viewers in a world of color, adventure, and beauty.
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Biblical truths are sprinkled throughout “The Lion King.” Life is celebrated, evil is abhorred, and sacrificial love is an overarching theme in the film. An original song by Knowles-Carter called “Spirit” includes the biblically-infused lyrics, “Spirit, watch the heavens open/Spirit, can you hear it callin’?/So go into that far off land, And be one with the Great I Am.”
The film stresses the importance of sacrificing one’s own comfort for the greater good: Hakuna Matata,...
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