Disney is currently busy turning all my beloved childhood favorites into live-action movies. I wasn’t that over the moon with Beauty and the Beast but still wanted to give Aladdin a shot. So let’s see how this one turned out!
You know the deal: blue genie, cute guy from the streets, princess, and a power-hungry dude, lots of singing…
By turning all the famous animated films into live-action remakes, Disney has found a very profitable source of income.
Well, I grew up with the original films and they hold a special place in my heart. So, of course, I had to check out the new version of Aladdin.
First of all, let me say this was better than expected. Not flawless but decent.
I enjoyed the casting for both Jasmin and Aladdin and think these actors both did a great job. I was curious to see what Will Smith would do as Genie. Robin Williams left giant footsteps to fill, so it was not easy for Smith to step in his shoes. At times I had the feeling Smith was holding back, not wanting to compete with Williams thus making for a rather bland Genie in several scenes.
There wasn’t much new stuff to be found except for the endeavor of showcasing Jasmin as feminist. I appreciate that and honestly wish they had given her more screen-time.
The optics were certainly stunning: colorful, bright and vivid. The dance numbers were also quite cute but nothing more. Other than that there isn’t really much to say about this film.
It closely resembles the original (as was to be expected) and although my nostalgic heart soars at that, I can’t help but constantly think that this is a quick money grab from Disney trying to milk a cash cow that had already crumbled to dust now brought back to life.
The live-action remake of Aladdin is a decent film. It’s just about as good as those remakes will get. However, I can’t help but be a conflicted and annoyed by Disney with their latest way to make a quick Dollar.
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!