Review: Disney's photo-real 'The Lion King' bores you to look a gift lion in the mouth

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Not one to learn from his mistakes, Simba makes another one that leads to him feeling he has to abandon his home and even his desire to stay alive.

From this malaise he's rescued by everyone's favorite warthog/meerkat duo, Pumbaa (Rogen) and Timon (Billy Eichner), unlikely and hilarious friends who convince Simba that the "no worries" motto of hakuna matata is a philosophy he should be embracing.

A bit like Prince Hal in Shakespeare's "Henry IV" (think of Pumbaa as Falstaff), the adult Simba (Glover) can avoid his responsibilities for only so long before a visit from the adult Nala (Knowles-Carter) straightens him out.

All this, of course, is familiar to anyone who's seen either the animated feature or the Broadway musical (or both) and that is exactly the point. By joining familiar material with mind-expanding technology, "Lion King" knows how to bring you around.


Rating: PG for sequences of violence and peril and some thematic elements


Running time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

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