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From the very beginning, the movie is somewhat different to what we might be expecting when we're introduced to who is telling the story. While it was immediately evident to me what was going on, it wasn't a 'bad' addition. After sweeping shots set to the song 'Arabian Nights', we're introduced to the 'street rat' named Aladdin. Although much fuss has been made about the Genie casting, if Aladdin had been miscast, then the whole film would've suffered. Thankfully, I can say that I almost immediately liked Mena Massoud in the role. He's funny, got moves/charm, makes for a likeable 'thief' and his relationship with his pet monkey, Abu, is as good as I'd hoped it'd be. Speaking of, although people think of CGI characters badly a lot of the time, it must be made clear the animal companions in this are all wonderfully brought to life/fully-realised characters. Abu is expressive, funny, and helpful (despite sometimes getting them both into trouble).
Not before long Aladdin encounters Princess Jasmine (a well-cast Naomi Scott, who does a lot with the character and should make most Jasmine fans proud), who's undercover among the people. I was afraid that the movie would rush through their first meeting, but was happy with the amount of time devoted to them developing an interest in each other. I could instantly tell that the beloved character of Jasmine was in safe hands as portrayed by Naomi Scott and that she had nice chemistry with Massoud's Aladdin. Although not given as much to do as Abu, Jasmine's loyal tiger companion, Rajah, is another lovely animal created with CGI, who I appreciated wasn't largely ignored. Jasmine's other loyal friend, her handmaiden named Dalia, is actually a stand-out character in the movie. Nasim Pedrad has excellent comic timing, as does Naomi Scott, which is on full display in a fun scene where Aladdin comes to the palace and Jasmine attempts to maintain her cover.
The one 'miss' in the casting department is that of Marwan Kenzari as villainous Jafar. While others had pre-judged him based on the trailers alone, I was willing to give him a chance to make up for his lack of sinister voice with what would hopefully be at least a menacing performance. Sadly, he lacks even that. There's nothing particularly memorable about his portrayal (even near the end when he's given every opportunity to unleash in full-on villain mode, he falls way short). About the only 'positive' I could find regarding his character is his animal companion of Iago. The red parrot might not be quite as talkative as the animated version, but he *does* talk (and in a much more bird-like way), getting a few funny lines here and there (I'd expect nothing less from Alan Tudyk providing the voice). It's just disappointing that Jafar's miscast, and thus the 'weak link' in the film.
What most people are probably wondering about is Will Smith as the Genie. I actually thought he was pretty good here (and I found him more likeable in this role than I have in any movie I've seen him in since probably the first Men In Black). There are just one or two instances where I felt he tried to emulate Robin Williams' version and it didn't quite work, but on the whole I felt he brought his own energy/style to the character of Genie and it (mostly) worked. The most important thing was the friendship that he formed with Aladdin. While Smith's Genie may seem a bit more snarky than you might expect, when it comes to the emotional beats, his performance hits the right notes (especially near the end).
Speaking of notes, "What about the songs?" you may ask. I was pretty happy with them, there were just the right amount and they didn't feel particularly intrusive in any of the scenes they were featured. Even the new song, 'Speechless', isn't too bad (though there are those who'll no doubt complain). Massoud and Scott have really nice singing voices and did their songs justice, I thought. Will Smith's also decent with his main songs in the movie (the end credits one I could've done without, though).
I must also praise the costumes (Jasmine's are all stunning, as is Jasmine herself), the use of vibrant colours is quite impressive and the overall look of the film feels like something new/different to what we've seen time and time again in films (especially Disney ones). Things I forgot to mention: the Magic Carpet has as much 'character' as in the original (I especially appreciated seeing how close friends Carpet and Abu became by the end), and even the Sultan's head guard, Hakim, is given some depth.
In conclusion, if you go into the theatre already disliking/hating the film based on just the trailers, then you're probably going to leave the same way you entered: bitter and thinking things like "It ruined my childhood!" (such a rubbish statement). Just try accepting this is a different thing and hopefully you'll enjoy it.
Now I'm not gonna lie I was so nervous watching this film as I thought Will Smith would ruin it with his singing style and the other actors,but to my surprise along with my mom and my brother,we all loved it. Will Smith was great in this film with his comedic timing,Naomi Scott was excellent as Jasmine(And boy can she sing so good). The villian was decent I thought he was different compare to the 1992 version.
The cinematography was gorgeous, the music was very good especially the new song Speechless. The costumes were stunning too.
I loved how it wasn't a beat by beat of the original. For instance in the One Jump Ahead song Aladdin and Jasmine meet first thing while she is in incognito and near the end Jasmine didn't say I choose you Aladdin/call me Al.
Guy Richie thank you for making this film. Would definetly put it in my top 5 favourite Disney Live Action movies of all time now. Definetly buying this movie and may watch it in the cinemas again.
Ps Mena Masound was handsome and likeable. His chemistry with Naomi Scott was perfect.
I would've give it a 10 if the cinematography was better. This is my only issue with movie as it looked like high budget TV soap opera in some scenes.
Don't miss on this one! You'll have fun.
Jafar, the Sultan, Jasmine, Aladdin, they were not captivating and fell flat. I'm sorry to have to write this review as Aladdin was one of my favourite Disney movies. The original cartoon will still always be the best. I think a better choice of actors would have improved this movie drastically. I wouldn't watch it again, but a lot of people will probably like it.
Will Smith's singing sounds exactly like someone who's just there for the paycheck. Jasmine's character gets the full Hollywood treatment- songs are fabricated/forced and her arc is altered and streamlined to suit the modern feminist agenda. Aladdin is played about as boring as you can imagine. Jafar is no longer an intimidating, memorable movie villain but instead a whiny moron with absolutely cringe-y dialogue....and they couldn't even give him a legit beard!!
The movie is absolutely devoid of any humor; there are scenes that try so hard to make you laugh but instead made everyone in the theater groan out of discomfort.
There is no chemistry between any of the characters/actors (and honestly I think that was the single biggest issue with the whole thing). Whether it's Will Smith acting like he's got about 1,000 better things to do than be in the movie, or Sultan looking lobotomized the whole time, or Jasmine/Aladdin's weak scenes together that are devoid of passion, everything feels completely mailed-in. How would you ever feel or relate to a scene of friends having a fall out if you never believe they're friends in the first place?
"Oh well, maybe at least the old songs will give some nostalgia, at least," I think to myself. Nope, they make completely unnecessary lyric changes and nothing "feels" right for the entire movie.
The rotten cherry on this crap sundae? Roll credits..."DJ Khalid!!!" Yup, we're done here.
The dialogue is painful and unnatural and the musical scenes are a mess.
Aside from Naomi Scott, the casting was terrible. The old wise character of Jafar was totally destroyed by Marwan Kenzari. One of the best characters in the original, Jafar's sidekick Iago, could barely talk and for some reason was turned into a monster in one of the many completely unnecessary scenes.
Basically unrecognisable from one of Disney's great original movies and a real shame. No idea why Disney allowed this mess to happen.
This was a strictly connect-the-dots production. Both leading roles were oddly hollow. The genie not believable. Jafar as threatening as an aggressive usher. I read the press materials about the triumph of making it a point to cast people who look like they're from the region. But then what? Put San Fernando Valley English into their mouths?
And what English? Every scene was predictable. Sometimes even the next line was predictable. For all that production money, they should have hired a literate someone to fix the script.
A grievous waste.
The biggest offense and change of all is the ending climax, which wasn't climactic in the slightest. In the original from the time Jafar gets the lamp to the Genie being free it is an intense and chaotic whirlwind of action, never slowing down and keeping up great suspense. Here we have Jafar just LOUNGING around in the sultans chair without seemingly any good plans to use his power, an extremely painful and out of nowhere Jasmine ballad, an impromptu wedding, and a stupid carpet chase with IAGO. Which, by the way, IAGOs character in the original was full of life and wit and arguably one of the main characters... here he is just unfunny background noise.
So our "climax" is drawn out to excruciating minutia of slow events with no suspense at all. Not to mention no snake, no Jasmine drowning in the hourglass, nothin, nada, zip. It was almost like they just gave up when they got near the end of the script. I guarantee if you had just done a perfect shot for shot remake, audiences would have praised and loved it. Although Will Smith and his auto tune would still ruin most his scenes. Thanks to the blind sheep of the masses, Disney will continue to get away with these travesties time and time again, because they monopolize the film industry and no one will stand up to them or stop them which is why someday they will have a new release every weekend of the year, giving no chance to smaller films to shine and turning the entire film industry into one big Corporate wasteland. Negative stars.
Here are the exact things wrong with the movie
1. Jaffar actor didn't even look the part and Ben Kingsley could have been a far better choice 2. Princess Jasmin was terrible 3. Original songs are added that neither match the theme or the flow of the story 4. Dances were in style of Bollywood and break dancing or 18th century royalty where middle East has many styles of dance they could have used to stay authentic 5. The cgi was mediocre specially for when genie was in it's true blue form 6. The worst part of it all the song that was played when the cast was shown had to be from dj Khaled and he had to scream his name. This is alladin not a rap video , not a dj Khaled music video , not hip hop or anything close to it. It was suppose to be a work of Disney