We are big fans of the animated The Lion King and were so excited for this live action remake. That being said…it wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great either. It was almost a shot for shot remake of the animated movie. I think what makes a good and fun remake is being close enough to the original that you can be fan-girling over it and yet also have a new twist or new storyline that makes it unique and separate. It is about finding that balance. This Lion King was almost so exact, that it made us just want to watch the original instead. You can still watch it and enjoy the incredible CGI, but ultimately we would say just stick the animated classic.