Based on the 1992 Disney animated classic, ‘’Aladdin’’ is the story of a young thief in the Middle East that wants nothing more than to marry the princess. When the evil adviser to the Sultan, Jafar, promises him the solution — if he will find a magical lamp for him — Aladdin jumps at the chance.
Of course, Jafar predictably double-crosses him, but Al gets away with said lamp. He quickly discovers a genie inside that will grant him three wishes, which he uses to fool Princess Jasmine into believing he’s a prince. But, as the two of them fall head over heels, the evil Jafar seeks to expose Aladdin’s true station in life, so he can steal his magic power for himself.
Can Aladdin and friends defeat the bad guy before he takes complete control of the kingdom? And, can a lowly street urchin ever hope to have a chance with a rich and powerful princess?
Bright, colorful and exciting, this latest live-action remake by the folks at Disney is thrilling and fun from start to finish. When you have ultimate cosmic power at your fingertips (this time, I mean Disney, not the big blue genie), you can pretty much do no wrong when it comes to your movies.
The movie was the exact same story, with no surprises at all. In fact, the vast majority of it was a shot-for-shot remake. There was some very slight hip-hop remixing of the original songs (which were all in there, thankfully), and some very impressive Bollywood-style dance numbers, but not much else that would shock the viewer.
The acting was very well done. The movie started out at a disadvantage, as no genie could ever be as good as the genius behind the original — the late Robin Williams. And, when I first heard that Will Smith was going to take the reigns as the silly blue magician, I had major reservations. He truly was a lovable, hilarious, and wonderful fit for the role. Unfortunately, they tried to duplicate a lot of Robin’s jokes and style, with disappointing results. I wish that they had made this one their own, a little more, in that department.
Mena Massoud was a perfect fit for Aladdin, even looking remarkably like his cartoon counterpart. Naomi Scott was fabulous as the elegant but tough Princess Jasmine, as well. Marwan Kenzari did an adequate job as Jafar, although he wasn’t quite as sinister as in the original. The casting was a perfect fit for this musical love story.
There is a little bit of violence, but most of it is comedic in nature, like when Aladdin constantly outwits and outruns the guards the entire movie. There were some minor intense moments in the Cave of Wonders and fighting against Jafar, but scaled down from how they were in the cartoon.
There is absolutely no bad language. There’s no nudity or innuendo. The romance is all in some hand holding and a few sweet kisses. Genie has a couple of comedic drinks, but no other drinking or drug use.
The House of Mickey has found huge success re-imagining their most sacred properties for a younger generation, lately. I must admit, it is fun to go see the movies I grew up watching with my kids, but seeing them told in a slightly different way.
There is absolutely nothing new to this one, though, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. The retelling is beautifully done. In fact, I think I enjoyed it better than the original, overall. It is easily the best of the live-action remakes to date, I thought. There was no way William’s performance could ever be topped, as his genius was unmatched. Smith had some big, pointy shoes to fill when he took on this role. But, he truly came through with flying carpet. I mean colors ... flying colors.
I give it a nostalgic 8.5/10.
Safe for kids, teens, and adults of all ages. Prepare to be instantly transported back to your childhood, as a theater full of grown adults sing every word to their favorite Disney songs.
Rating: PG for some action/peril
Run time: 128 magical minutes
Wade Modisette is a local husband and father that seeks the best and most appropriate entertainment for his family. A movie connoisseur in his own mind, he seeks to educate his friends and community on quality choices for their family. Find more reviews and information at wadereviewsstuff.wordpress.com.