And everybody's there. Actors hadn't seen the film - majority hadn't seen any of it yet - and you're starting to realize maybe they won't like it. In an odd way, the power of this new Lion King comes from the outside: you soak up its astonishing photoreal visuals and marvel at the extraordinary progress that can occur within a single generation, yet still ache for everything that's made way for it.
While Hans Zimmer (who composed the music for the original 1994 film) will also have his place in the new soundtrack, alongside Elton John and Childish Gambino, Beyoncé seems to have taken advantage of the film's promotion to sign a love letter to Africa.
The journey back to the Pride Lands begins through the ears.
The soundtrack to The Lion King is 19 tracks long. The standouts of the cast, though, are Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa, respectively. Needless to say the original film was immensely impactful on my music and overall life. It also forces unsuspecting audiences to contemplate a giraffe's digestive process from leaf to poop. Both young Simba (JD McCrary) and Nala (Shahadi Wright Joseph) are bundles of frenetic energy and joy, with strong singing voices that are showcased during their awesome rendition of "I Just Can't Wait to Be King".
After all, "just as nice as it is to be nominated, let's be honest, people want to win and Beyoncé wants to win the Oscar for 'Spirit" and actually expects to win for the song. He is credited as the movie's director of photography, even though there's not a frame of traditional "photography" in the film. Disney came up with distinctive photographic tech for bringing a classic masterpiece to life. Some have been more successful than others, but few, if any, have been as highly anticipated as The Lion King. It is like everything has become HAKUNA MATATA for the live-action version of The Lion King.
Rated • PG for sequences of violence and peril, and some thematic elements.