Elton John knew what he was doing when he wrote “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” just like God knew what she was doing when she made Beyoncé. The combination … out of this world. In an international TV spot for The Lion King live action/VR/CGI thing, Beyoncé and Donald Glover sing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” so beautifully we forgot that it’s going to come out of photo-realistic cats. But before watching the trailer, let’s all take a moment to think of Donald Glover, who, despite being Childish Gambino, had to hold his own on a track with Beyoncé. It can’t be easy. She’s Beyoncé.
The ad features familiar landscape pans and shots of lions looking dramatically at the sky. James Earl Jones, as Mufasa, morbidly explains to Simba that one day he will die. It’s all the drama of the original with fewer bright colors and wide eyes to ease the existential suffering. Feel the love on July 19.