American singer Beyoncé has recently released an accompanying album to the Disney movie, The Lion King. She titled it The Gift.
The Lion King movie was an amazing childhood experience to relive, watching each scene brought some sort of reminisce to viewers perception of the incredible anime. Although the scenes were a remake of the original The Lion King created in 1994, some little additions were made in some of the scenes which made viewers indifferent about its essence to the movie’s plot.
The biggest, most glaring problem with the film is that it’s difficult to build an emotional story arc around a set of animal characters that are deliberately not anthropomorphized. Real lions do not smile, or sing or otherwise express human emotions. But if millennials are to be believed, the original 1994 version of The Lion King was so impactful precisely because of its high emotional stakes.
Critics are of the view that Beyoncé’s album takes an approach that is more inspired than a simple retread of familiar songs.
Discussing the 27-track release on Good Morning America and why she featured some of Africa’s best talents, Beyoncé explains,
“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa, and I wanted to make sure we found some of the best talents in Africa.”
For Us, ‘The Gifted’ Album sums the experience of Simba, The Lion King again with a much more musical spirit to it, more like a fusion of great movie and music in one package.