Friday, May 24, 2019


 Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad and, Billy Magnussen. The plot of the movie is a kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. Aladdin is one of the best Disney animated films. It has one of the best voice performances with Robin Williams as Genie. I was interested to see what Disney would do with this there are parts of the animated movie that I thought would look beautiful in the live-action format. As each trailer for this movie came out I became less and less interested in seeing this, so I went in with very low expectations and it is slightly better than I thought it would be, overall it is not great.    I really do like this new Aladdin and Jasmine. I think they have really good chemistry together. They are great in the singing scenes, especially the Whole New World sequence. As for Will Smith, he is entertaining he is not trying to copy Robin Williams it is definitely his own version of Genie. His scenes with Aladdin when is in human form are some of the best in the movie. Also, the movie looks amazing there are some really great special effect sequences and there are some fun action scenes. The music numbers, for the most part, are decent. The ones from the original movie that are in here they are not bad the vocal performances are not terrible. They did give Jasmine a new song that wasn't in the original and I liked it.    What I didn't like about this movie was Marwan Kenzari as Jafar he looks and sounds like he is bored throughout the entire movie except for the very end when he is so over-the-top it is embarrassing. He made that character not menacing at all. Whenever he is on screen he just sucks all the life out of this movie.  The CGI on Will Smith when he is in Genie form is just as bad as it was in the trailer I thought I would get used to it after a while, but I did not. The musical moments like I mentioned are decent, but there is a lack of energy. Like I mentioned before the new song they gave to Jasmine I liked it she sings it twice and the first time it fits with the scene, but the second time it is during this big dramatic moment and I found it distracting. The biggest problem with this movie is the runtime it is over two hours the original is only an hour and a half so, they really stretch out this very simple story and you can definitely feel that.  2 out of 5 stars for Aladdin. I hope you enjoyed my review.

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