Disney’s CGI remake of the animated classic The Lion King might have gotten stellar early reviews, but it seems like the film isn’t doing too well on Rotten Tomatoes.
Despite all the love for the stunning visual achievements of the film, critics don’t seem to be too keen on the film’s story with the general consensus describing the remake as a “by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved--though for some fans that may just be enough.”
Right now, Jon Favreau’s remake of The Lion King is sitting on a 58% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes – a number that comes pretty close to the 57% critic score of another disappointing Disney live-action remake, Aladdin.
The Lion King’s score comes from a total of 82 reviews, so the number could either go up or go down. Right now though, critics aren’t too hot for the film, saying that despite the glory of the project’s dazzling effects, the remake just can’t really achieve the same mystique as the original 1994 animated movie.
Maybe this might be a sign for Disney to quit with the remakes and start making new movies again? So far the Mickey Mouse House has been relying on nostalgia to keep its remakes going, but it seems like the past few films like Dumbo and Aladdin haven’t been all too stellar.
But then again, fans might feel differently from critics. We’ll have to wait for the film to actually premiere and see how it does with the fanbase.
The Lion King is set to open in cinemas on July 19, 2019.