This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Jon Mitchell Ozaraga’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
They did "can you feel the love toNIGHT" in broad daylight so that sums up how much they care about the narrative.
[more in depth thoughts to follow.]
This is a textbook example of cash grabbing through the use of Intertextuality. Literally every scene in the film used familiarity of the audiences to the original lion king as a crutch to make its even remotely investing. None of its emotional beats comes close to being organically earned that sometimes you just end up watching a supposedly emotional scene with a roaring musical score thinking
"oh okay". Even the moments that made the original so loved were forced that it leaves a bad taste such as the introduction of the phrase "hakuna matata" as if you can almost hear Disney executives crossing out an item on their checklist. To quote pumba and summarize the production and its film:
"most people would get a bigger reaction" and unfortunately, they would.