When Jon Favreau's remake of the Disney classic The Lion King was released earlier this year, audiences everywhere gave it mixed reviews. Some loved getting to see their favorite childhood cartoon brought to almost-real-life on the big screen; others thought the film was just a simple retreading of old material. As it turns out, Sir Elton John, the original film's composer, falls into the latter camp.
In a new cover story for British GQ, John said that he saw the new version of the beloved film, and didn't feel it lived up to its source material. "The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me," he said. The star specifically cited the film's soundtrack as the main issue, saying, "I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost."
The singer, who is currently promoting his new memoir Me, got more specific, explaining that he felt the music didn't have the same success as the original, making it's "impact" much less significant. "The soundtrack hasn’t had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year," he said. "The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success."