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Aladdin | Movie Review

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 is based on the eponymous Middle Eastern folktale from One Thousand and One Nights. The film stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen.

Plot

Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer Jafar from overthrowing young Jasmine’s kingdom.

Storyline

While the film has similarities to the original cartoon movie, there were some significant details that drove the move in different directions however ultimately the movie still ended the same way. It wasn’t predictable until the very end since we know the cartoon version. I think the live-action adaptation does a good job with keeping it true to the original yet making it fresh.

Acting

Will Smith portrays his version of Genie the best way he can by not trying to be like Robin Williams. His portrayal of the blue magical wish granter was perfection, and he stole every scene he was in. Mena Massoud who portrayed Aladdin did an outstanding job capturing the essence of his characters cartoon version. However, Will Smith and Naomi Scott have outshined him in every way.

Animation, CGI and Stunts

While the movie remained true to its musical roots it did have some action-packed scenes, but not enough. The animation and CGI use made some of the larger areas seem small.

Cinematography

The film was beautifully shot most of the time, but some of the scenes felt like the camera was in the wrong place, especially with the musical numbers.

Direction

You can tell that Guy Ritchie has never done a musical film before. Which is why I wish Disney had chosen someone else or partnered him up with someone who knows how to direct musicals because some of the musical moments in the film felt off. Over all you will find yourself singing along with the movie, and I enjoyed every musical moment.

Ablity To Hold Attention

The movie overall was entertaining, however, there were some moments where you could have possibly walked away for a second and did something else.

Rewatch Value

Aladdin is one of those films you can watch one time and not see it again for a long time. I didn’t feel the need to go see the movie again, however, I will pick up a digital copy when it releases.

Impressions

Aladdin was definitely a magical and wonderful film you and you’re the whole family will enjoy for years to come. It sets it self apart from its cartoon version by becoming something new, fresh and likeable.

Score: 8/10

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