With Khaled's signature ad-libs at his back, Will puts his spin on the classic Aladdin cut that appeared in the original 1992 animated film. Will Smith is great as the Genie, Naomi Scott brings a lot of regal charm and singing talent to Jasmine, and there's enough nostalgia beats to stir up joy in the person who came to this movie just to see Aladdin again. Ritchie also gives the genie a new ending that left me smiling and feels like an upgrade to the animated version.
A new YouTube promo released by Disney shows Naomi Scott as Jasmine in Guy Ritchie's Aladdin, which will be released on Friday. Good thing for Aladdin, then, that when he's sent by the evil Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) to the Cave of Wonders to fetch a magic lamp, he rubs it and meets the genie. So I grabbed The Honey Drippers "Impeach Your President" and I had them throw that breakbeat under there.
"She says, 'Enough is enough". The man should at least be allowed his luxurious beard next time. After all, Aladdin is a '90s classic from our childhoods, and since Robin Williams passed away in 2014, we had no idea who would take over the legendary role of Genie. The remake features numerous elements of the 1992 animated original, for which Williams won a Golden Globe for his voice work.
On board the Magic Carpet will be two of Disney's beloved characters, Princess Jasmine and Aladdin. Hot Jafar is also given his own backstory as a former street rat and does his best cartoon villain. Kidding. (Well. not really.) The real and most important question that I and many others have is: why is Aladdin wearing so many damn clothes?
Likewise, the remake adds over half an hour of run time to the original's slim 90 minutes, giving us more action, more supporting characters, more of Genie's personal life, and more of Jasmine's perspective, with mixed results.
People have had high expectations for the live-action Aladdin remake and it did not disappoint.
Aladdin's a bit of a different animal than that as one of the few Disney animated properties that explicitly exists as a star vehicle, so any adaptation would necessarily need to find a new foundation upon which to build itself. I understand that filmmakers don't want to make a carbon copy of those animated features with live-action subbed in for animation. And some die-hard Disney fans might not totally "get" it.
Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ("La La Land", "Dear Evan Hansen,") "Speechless", performed at the crucial moment when Jafar seizes control of the kingdom, is a radio-ready female empowerment pop anthem performed with conviction and emotion by Naomi Scott in a star-making performance. Jasmine's written somewhat differently in this film - she has mercifully bigger goals than simply marrying for love.