The film comprises of a stellar cast, such as our very own John Kani, Donald Glover, Childish Gambino, Chiwetel Ejiofor and many others. However there was one individual that surprisingly fell short at impressing the masses- Beyonce Knowles-Carter. Although she is immensely loved and revered, the Grammy award winning musician somehow gave a lukewarm performance for her character as Nala. These sentiments were shared by a barrage of Beyonce's fans in South Africa as well.
One local celebrity, Khanyi Mbau held no punches when she shared her thoughts on Beyonce's voice control; in the film. Taking to Twitter, Khanyi posted the following:
American film critic, David Ehrlich of Indiewire , was also not pleased with the film in general; he mentioned that it did not feel like a remake and went on to classify it as a "Disaster". David also made mention of how underused and underwritten Beyoncé's character was and as much as she is a definite crowd puller, she failed to do real justice to the character of Nala.
David wrote the following:
''Beyoncé also plays the role of adult Nala, Simba’s partner in the pride, but not even she can rescue a three-dimensional creature from five or six lines of generic dialogue.''
Even Mzansi's most popular entertainment commentator, Phil Mphela recognized the concise and brutal criticism of the Lion King from blogs in Hollywood - going as far as stating that if similar approaches and commitment to film reviewing were that prominent in South Africa, many filmmakers wouldn't stomach the harsh criticism.
Other Tweeps joined in the fray in expressing their displeasure with Beyonce's take on the character, Nala.
The film will be hitting the South African cinemas this week. Although we love Beyonce, we are excitedly vouching for the legendary, John Kani.
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