ALADDIN (2019) Movie Review
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So I went to catch Disney’s Live Action Aladdin Adaptation. I went it there with low expectations but still found excitement in the fact that I was watching something I grew up with as a kid be translated in a whole new way. Now with that being said I thought Aladdin was great fun, it could’ve improved on a few things but overall the film was very enjoyable.
Aladdin is a 2019 American musical fantasy film directed by Guy Ritchie, who co-wrote the screenplay with John August. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1992 animated film of the same name, which was based on the eponymous Middle-Eastern folktale from the One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.The film stars Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen. The film follows Aladdin, a street urchin, who finds a magic lamp and must use it to win over Princess Jasmine and defeat the conspiring vizier Jafar.
So let’s start with what I liked overall was the cast each performer really brought their A game to this film. Some standouts I’d like to highlight was the main trio themselves. Starting with the man himself Aladdin portrayed by Mena Massoud an upcoming star definently showed off his acting prowess his singing was alright but never really shined as much as he did when he was performing, in the film he had this nice soft charm and gentleness about him which is something carried on in the animated film which was outstanding. Moving on, now if you ask anyone else they might say Will Smith stole the movie but to me, It was Princess Jasmine portrayed by Naomi Scott, who you might recognize from films like (Lemonade Mouth, Power Rangers) So they really re tooled a bit of Princess Jasmine’s arc in this film it has some of the familiar beats from the animated film but I was in love with the diversions from the source material she seemed just as strong if not more strong and smart than Aladdin, she felt a lot more equal here and Scott plays her with strength and vibrancy that the animated film never really had this girl definently has a bright future ahead of her and I can’t wait to see what she does next. Next, we have the Genie this time being portrayed by Will Smith, so here’s the thing a lot of people were worried about this iteration of Genie due to the fact that Robin Williams had played him so perfectly in the animated film. Although the trailers don’t do a great job of showing it but Will Smith crushes it in this role. He looks great, he feels like a modern day genie that felt right to it’s time. I love the homages they threw in their to Robin Williams performance as the genie. Smith sells you on the first few minutes of his arrival as the genie once you meet him. He made it his own. In the grand scheme of things that’s all I wanted and he nailed it.
Some negative critiques I have for the film was that at moments the dialogue felt a bit awkward. Massoud’s singing wasn’t that good, but it never pulled me out of the film. The CGI was a bit messy at times, but it worked when it did. The randomness of them singing into songs was a bit weird but silly so I didn’t think too much of it.
Overall, I highly recommend to check this out if you’ve been wanting to go see it. It’s fun family entertainment and you won’t be disappointed that you went to see this thing. So check it out and let me know what you thought of the film in the comments below.
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