Is The Lion King even better than we'd hoped?

The first reactions are very positive

July 10, 2019

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Maybe it's because of too many sequels and prequels. Maybe it was Will Smith's blue genie.  Or maybe it was the frightening glimpse of the new Sonic hedgehog, but I just want to see something original, not a remake of a film that doesn't need to be re-made.  At least that's what I thought until I read the reactions of people who've seen the new Lion King.  The reviews are so good that now I'm reconsidering a movie I had already discounted as unworthy of my time and money.

There's a lot of buzz about this film, not just online but here in the office too.  It's not hard to predict financial success for the new Lion King but critical acclaim is much more elusive.  I don't think that will be a problem either.  This one may be worthy our attention after all.

The original Lion King was fantastic.  This one may be even better.