Black Is King

Black Is King

Black Is King

Beyoncé writes and directs this "visual album" that re-imagines themes from The Lion King. The voyages of black families, throughout time, are honoured in a tale about a young king's transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. 

Black is King serves as a visual companion to the 2019 collaborative album The Lion King: The Gift and features music from African artists alongside Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé.

2020Rating: PG95 minsUSADisney+
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Stuff

Stuff

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Beyonce singing “because you’re beautiful”, face-to-face with Rowland, could induce tears.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A sense-dazzling showcase whose visuals sometimes outshine the music.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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It is compelling in every sense and takes you on a moving journey: not only through the story of The Lion King, but through a small portion of the beautiful cultures and traditions that exist within black communities globally.

4.0
Variety

Variety

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Black Is King excels as a celebration of Blackness in its many forms: Black women, Black men, Black children, Black motherhood, Black fatherhood, Black pasts, Black presents, and Black futures.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Just as she did with Lemonade, Beyoncé proves herself a master of the visual album once again with a timely and vivid meditation on Black pride. The film it’s born out of may be forgettable, but this is quite the opposite.

4.0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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If nothing else, Black Is King is a jaw-dropping visual achievement.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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Overflowing with stunning visuals, Black Is King blends imagery from the Pan-African movement, African art and Western portraiture of African bodies, as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s shared vision of Black excellence within Western culture.

Vulture

Vulture

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It’s an inclusive experience and a gorgeous tale of metaphysical Afrofuturism. For what it is, it’s great. The question once more is: How does she top this?

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

And there we were thinking the stage recording of Hamilton was going to be the best thing on Disney+ this summer. Fools! Yes, Hamilton has songs, but does it have motorbikes? Synchronised swimming? Beyonce singing on the moon in diamonds? Naomi Campbell? I haven’t even got to the poodles yet.

5.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Beyonce singing “because you’re beautiful”, face-to-face with Rowland, could induce tears.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A sense-dazzling showcase whose visuals sometimes outshine the music.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It is compelling in every sense and takes you on a moving journey: not only through the story of The Lion King, but through a small portion of the beautiful cultures and traditions that exist within black communities globally.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Black Is King excels as a celebration of Blackness in its many forms: Black women, Black men, Black children, Black motherhood, Black fatherhood, Black pasts, Black presents, and Black futures.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Just as she did with Lemonade, Beyoncé proves herself a master of the visual album once again with a timely and vivid meditation on Black pride. The film it’s born out of may be forgettable, but this is quite the opposite.

4.0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

If nothing else, Black Is King is a jaw-dropping visual achievement.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Overflowing with stunning visuals, Black Is King blends imagery from the Pan-African movement, African art and Western portraiture of African bodies, as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s shared vision of Black excellence within Western culture.

Vulture

Vulture

press

It’s an inclusive experience and a gorgeous tale of metaphysical Afrofuturism. For what it is, it’s great. The question once more is: How does she top this?

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

And there we were thinking the stage recording of Hamilton was going to be the best thing on Disney+ this summer. Fools! Yes, Hamilton has songs, but does it have motorbikes? Synchronised swimming? Beyonce singing on the moon in diamonds? Naomi Campbell? I haven’t even got to the poodles yet.

5.0

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