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× ‘Lion King’s’ visual inventiveness is its own reason for being

How hard is it to recreate magic on the big screen? There's never any tried-and-tested formula for successful revivals, especially if the underwhelming likes of Guy Ritchie's "Swept Away" and Gus Van Sant's shot-by-shot retelling of "Psycho" come to mind.

But for every "Arthur" or "Footloose" that gets bungled up, there are also remakes that leave an indelible mark on viewers, like Michael Mann's…