Grab the popcorn for the latest releases. The Lion King (PG)Twenty five years ago, The Lion King was the cat's whiskers.The highest-grossing hand-drawn animated film of all time continues to purr as a long-running stage musical. Now, director Jon Favreau employs the same photo-realistic computer wizardry, which served him well for his rollicking reimagining of The Jungle Book, to transport us to the sun-baked savanna for a virtually word-for-word remake, which trades heavily on technical excellence to justify its existence.Screenwriter Jeff Nathanson appropriates most of the original dialogue and tempers the animated film's more extravagant flourishes.Consequently, scheming uncle Scar is no longer a scene-stealing pantomime villain, his Machiavellian call to arms Be Prepared loses the goose-stepping hyenas and provocative Nazi imagery, and the Busby Berkeley-style fantasia of I Just Can't Wait To Be King is now a scamper around a watering hole.Billy Eichner … [Read more...] about The Lion King
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As the much-anticipated remake of Disney's The Lion King opens in cinemas across Kent this week, Damon Smith reviews the film. Here's what he thought: Twenty-five years ago, The Lion King was the cat's whiskers.Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff's heartbreaking rites-of-passage drama roared at the Academy Awards, collecting golden statuettes for Hans Zimmer's score and Elton John and Tim Rice's swooning ballad Can You Feel The Love Tonight?The highest-grossing hand-drawn animated film of all time continues to purr as a long-running stage musical.Now, director Jon Favreau employs the same photorealistic computer wizardry, which served him well for his rollicking reimagining of The Jungle Book, to transport us to the sun-baked savanna for a virtually word-for-word remake, which trades heavily on technical excellence to justify its existence.Screenwriter Jeff Nathanson appropriates most of the original dialogue and tempers the animated film's more extravagant flourishes.Consequently, scheming … [Read more...] about Does The Lion King live up to the hype 25 years on?
4 Dir: Jon Favreau; Starring: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, John Oliver (voices). PG cert, 118 mins. Say what you will about Disney’s ongoing fracking of their back catalogue: as a business decision, it makes a lot of sense. Two of the studio’s current streak of "live-action" reworkings of their animated classics, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book, number among the 50 highest-earning films ever made, and a third will soon arrive in the form of Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin – I know! – just as soon as its global box-office take can bypass the middle Lord of the Rings and a couple of Harry Potters. Jon Favreau’s new version of The Lion King won’t be long in joining them. In fact, I suspect by the end of the summer it’ll have outstripped the lot. But commercial talk aside, the very act of remaking of this regal tale in 2019 has … [Read more...] about The Lion King review: Disney’s 2019 remake is a roaring success
Your cubs will go wild for this royal remake of Disney’s animated classic which is exciting, funny and cute, as well as a technical triumph and a perfect summer treat for the whole family. Disney's 1994 Oscar winning animated coming-of-age tale has been roaringly reimagined using fabulous photorealistic CGI, and powered by a top drawer voice cast and glorious new versions of Elton John's tremendous songs such as 'Circle of Life', and 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight'. With the opening shot of the gorgeous African savannah we’re reminded we're in the safe of hands Jon Favreau, also made 2016's swinging remake of The Jungle Book. Once again he directs with great humour and emotional depth, so when I wasn’t grinning away I was moved to tears. Respectful to the point of being a shot by shot copy of the original, we follow the adorable lion cub Simba, whose father King Mufasa is murdered, which leaves Simba outcast from his country and his wicked uncle Scar on … [Read more...] about The Lion King 2019 review
Gifted University of Chichester music students are to compete once again for the coveted Robert Headley Annual Music Awards. The competition, organised by the Funtington Music Group, will be in the University of Chichester Chapel on Wednesday, April 17 at 7.30pm – the FMG’s 16th annual showcase concert.FMG chairman Chris Hough said: “We are fortunate once again to have an enthusiastic field of competitors including classical and music theatre vocalists, piano and French horn, for what promises to be another entertaining and exciting evening.“Professor Laura Ritchie will introduce the students and interview them briefly before the adjudication.“The annual music prizes commemorate the life of Robert Headley who was not only an eminent architect who lived in Funtington, but also had a great affection for serious music. Over 20 years ago Robert began to invite his friends and many other local music-lovers to join him in his spacious music room at Funtington … [Read more...] about Student showcase concert will reward the best at University of Chichester