The first reactions to The Lion King are in and they're extremely good 4 months ago

The first reactions to The Lion King are in and they're extremely good

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Hakuna Matata.

There's always pressure associated with any film, but when it comes to the new live-action/CGI version of The Lion King, you can double the levels.

To many film fans, the 1994 classic is one of - if not THE - finest Disney film that has ever been made because aside from the breathtaking animation and outstanding score, it's also a bloody good story that can still pull at your heartstrings.

Shakespearean in scope and heartbreaking in its honesty, the movie won two Oscars and is rightfully hailed as a masterpiece.

Ok, no pressure then on Jon Favreau and his wonderfully talented cast that includes the likes of Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen, Beyonce, Keegan-Michael Key, John Oliver, Billy Eichner, James Earl Jones, and more.

After impressing with his adaptation of The Jungle Book, we were confident that Favreau was a safe pair of hands to retell Simba's story. The first batch of journalists have finally seen the film and they're glowing in their praise of the new version.

As for the reaction?

Well, it appears that fans of the original have nothing to fear because the early buzz is extremely positive with special praise going to the visuals, music, and voice performances.

The wait is nearly over because The Lion King is released in Irish cinemas on July 19.

Here's what the early word in the kingdom is.

In case you need a reminder, here's what's in store.

Clip via Walt Disney Studios

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