Welcome the era of no animation and live action remakes. Disney, a company built on its great animation and has the main mascot of an animated mouse, has decided to turn some of their best animated features into live action movies. This we have known for a while. But, the real question is… did they do it well with one of their greatest… “Aladdin“?
With great cinematography, choreography, amazing vocals, all brought to you by director Guy Ritchie, you would think this movie would be an absolute hit, yet it didn’t feel that way while watching it. Instead feeling like a cheap imitation of a classic Disney movie most of the time, this movie didn’t transport me to a whole new world, it brought me to a place I had been before that is dilapidated and in need of cleaning.
Now, a loving nostalgia kick, this movie provided me with a trip back to my childhood watching the original first “Aladdin”, which is great. Everyone in this movie did an amazing job, I can not deny that, except for one. You think I am going to talk about Will Smith’s genie, but I’m not. Will Smith did a fantastic job adding his own flavor to a beloved character, although he is no Robin Williams, he didn’t disgrace Robin Williams’ genie in any way. No, the main problem I had with the film was its villain, Jafar (Marwan Kenzari).
Some say a movie is only as good as its villain, and with this film I can agree with that. Jafar, who seemed like he wasn’t even in the movie at all (if that was because lack of screen time or overall presence, I do not know), demanded very little respect from me. Jafar was a villain you could point out and go “well I know who the bad guy is”, but in this movie he was just boring and made me wonder if there was even a villain in this movie.
To wrap it up, was it a good movie? Yes, but just like every other live action version of the original Disney animated films, it will always be compared and will never be as good as good as the original ones. But, one thing going for this film is that it stands high above the rest of the live action remakes. Now we just have to wait and see what “The Lion King” (2019) will be like.