I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Aladdin, a live-action remake of the 1992 Disney animation, nearly as much as I did – but that isn’t to say I loved it, either. Mena Massoud (Aladdin) and Naomi Scott (Jasmine) played their parts excellently, and Will Smith would have made an excellent Genie if Robin Williams hadn’t had that role first. Let’s just be honest here for a minute: Robin Williams was so beloved in that role that any performance by any actor would have been unsatisfactory to some extent. Smith obviously enjoyed being the Genie and his enthusiasm came through on screen, which is the most important thing. The new songs and scenes that director Guy Ritchie used to freshen the film fit into the narrative cohesively, but didn’t necessarily elevate it beyond the original. One thing that I did find to be an absolutely marvelous improvement was the costuming: Each outfit was a feast for the eyes both in style and color. Overall, I’m certain the film will become a beloved addition to the Disney family of movies, but I’m still on the fence as to whether the Genie’s lines taken directly from the original were a tribute to or a theft from the creative genius that spoke them first.
Overall Rating: B+« Back to Blog