The Lion King Is Getting Savaged Online And We're Devastated

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"Be prepared for a crushing disappointment."

The first reviews for Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King are in, and they ain’t pretty.

The film doesn’t hit cinemas until 17 July, but the reviews are already rolling in from the world premiere in Los Angeles.

It’s not just the trolls of Twitter who are disappointed in the much-hyped remake; legit film critics have also given the movie a negative wrap.

The remake has a measly 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while the OG Lion King (1994) has a rating of 93%. 

Polygon’s review - savagely title “The new Lion King doesn’t even try” - claims that the film’s photo-realism “never makes a case for itself”.

“From the very first shot, the movie is caught in a limbo between raw nature footage and the imaginative power of cartooning.”

Meanwhile, Forbes’ review went as far as to call it a “crushing disappointment”. 

“At almost every turn, this redo undercuts its own melodrama by downplaying its own emotions. The key direction seems to be ‘like the 1994 version, but less.’”

We’re gonna see it anyway because #Beyonce, but this is pretty sucky nonetheless. 

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Written By Brynn Davies