The Lion King Trailer #1 Review

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By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

We’ve had the teaser, now we’ve had our first full look at Disney’s upcoming adaption of The Lion King.

My initial impression? I’m sold!

I loved what Jon Favreau did with The Jungle Book, so I am in no way concerned with how this movie will turn out. I’m confident that he can deliver once again. The only issues comes when fans hold on too tightly to their childhood memories of the animated originals. But there is plenty of room for both!

If you haven’t done so already, check out the teaser trailer below.

The animal designs are so realistic, it’s almost frightening. The film looks gorgeous! We don’t get much face time when it comes to the dialogue, it’s mainly voice over. But we know how to expect as it will be the same as it was in The Jungle Book. The tone of the overall trailer is quite intense and emotional, which I think works well for a ‘first look’.

Musically it sounded fantastic. Bringing Hans Zimmer back was a mart move and I’m hoping for a few new themes to add to the movie’s repertoire. We know we will get the classics, as Elton John is back on board, so it will be exciting to see if any of these have been re-worked.

5 Things From The Trailer:

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Do You Want To Know How I Got These Scars?

The trailer starts with our first look at the villainous Scar, voiced now by Chiwetel Ejiofor. I KNOW people are going to take issue with not only his look, but the voice as well. It’s the same with Jafa in the upcoming live-action Aladdin. But just as I trust Marwan Kenzari to smash it out of the park, the same goes for Ejiofor here. We are used to Jeremy Irons voice, and the fact they have brought James Earl Jones back will raise some eyebrows as to why they didn’t do the same here. But Chiwetel Ejiofor is a great actor, and the look is very realistic and dark. I’m on-board.

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No, Not Again…

Having to suffer the pain of Mufasa’s death once is bad enough, but a second time? I’m not sure it’s going to get any easier! Here we have that harrowing scene of the stampede when Scar makes his move for the throne. We all know it’s coming, only now it’s probably going to be a lot more realistic than symbolic, which might make it that much harder to watch.

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That’s No Moon

Disney have been replicating a lot of iconic scenes from their animated collection when it comes to the modern remakes. And while this trailer is packed full of nostalgic moments, one of my favourites from the original animated movies was the time jump montage. Here we see it in all it’s glory, against the backdrop of a giant moon. It looks stunning!

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The End?

It’s a brave move showing your ending in a trailer. But then again, we only know that this might be one of the final scenes because of the animated movie. If it does follow closely to the 90s movie, here we see a triumphant Simba finally taking the ‘walk of kings’ on Pride Rock. It’ll be interesting to see if this indeed does differ from it’s source material, though that looks unlikely. Still, it’s a great moment.

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Timon and Pumba

As already mentioned, the tone of the trailer is quite tense and emotional, so it was nice to end on something a little more upbeat. They did the same for The Jungle Book, with a tease of ‘The Bare Necessities’. Here we have another iconic song, ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’. Perfect. It just puts that final smile on your face. It also gives us our first look at the film’s comedy relief. Again, the design looks so good, so realistic. I’m interested to see how Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner do in the roles.

So what did you think of the first full look at The Lion King? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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