The first review of Disney’s The Lion King is out and the select audience who had the privilege of watching it before the rest of the world gave it a big thumbs up.

At the recent premiere of Jon Favreau's The Lion King, that took place last night, the entire cast, including Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, and John Oliver were present.


It was a red-carpet event, which saw many top movie critics, who later tweeted their experiences.

Movie star Donald Glover (Simba), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Keegan-Michael Key (Kamari), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi) and Billy Eichner (Timon) have lent their voices to the film.

Critics went gaga over the visual effects, thumping background score, comic timing and the animation, which made the movie look nothing short of real.

Film critic John Campea wrote, "#LionKing I've only ever openly cried in 4 movies in my life. It's now 5! Movie is absolutely fantastic. Worthy of the 1994 original. Opening scene had me bawling like a slobbering baby. Hilarious, nostalgic, filled with heart. Loved it."

Erik Davis described The Lion King as a "a game-changer for visual effects" and further acknowledged the technical aspects including music and character emotions. Praising the film, Davis wrote, "#TheLionKing is visually immaculate & a game-changer for visual effects. It’s absolutely stunning in every way. The music shines (Glover & Beyoncé take it to another level), the performances are great (Timon, Pumbaa & Scar steal many scenes) & the emotions run HIGH. Truly great (sic)."

Another critic from TheWrap, Beatrice Verhoeven, stated on Twitter, "Oh man #TheLionKing delivers. It's a visual masterpiece that will leave you smiling and crying the whole time. It's a true testament to the lasting effect Disney movies have on all generations. Timon and Pumbaa steal the show. And BEYONCE!!! #LionKing"

According to movie reviewers, the computer-generated imagery (CGI) of the film is next only to reality. Check out all the reviews below!

The Lion King, which will release on July 19, has already been called an extraordinary work of art. The movie is a remake of the 1994 film so it has high expectations but going by the reviews, we can say that the movie will not disappoint.