Does Aladdin Live Up To The Hype?

Hey Cuties,

Aladdin is officially out in theaters today. It is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. There has been so much talk about Will Smith playing the genie before the movie even came out. LittleCuteLips and I attended a screening on Tuesday night, so we are weighing in with our spoiler-free review.

Aladdin Genie Will Smith

Aladdin – Genie, Will Smith

Full disclosure, I have not seen the animated version of Aladdin. My opinion is solely based on the 2019 version with no point of reference on how it measures up to the animated version.

About Aladdin:

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future.


Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Numan Acar

Princess Jasmine Aladdin Genie Will Smith

Initial Movie Thoughts:

The movie is a musical, I didn’t make that automatic assumption. Musicals aren’t really my thing but I could deal.  I love the theme of being okay with who you are. Knowing and believing that you are enough, we can never hear that enough. I totally wanted to punch Jafar in his face, like legit he was a disgusting human being.

Aladdin Genie Will Smith

Best Part:

I laughed way more than I thought I would. The Genie [Will Smith] and Dalia, the Handmaiden [Nasim Pedrad]  were the funniest people in the movie. I felt like Genie stole the movie. He was a bit kitschy at times, but I did enjoy him. I left wanting him to be my wingman in life. Abu was my third favorite. I love how Princess Jasmine stands up for women the entire movie. She challenges the cultural/societal norms every step of the way.  The set was beautifully done.  I have so many questions about how they brought all the visual effects together, they were very well done. Lastly, I need a go at Princess Jasmine’s closet.

Aladdin Genie Will Smith


A Whole New World is one of my absolute favorite Disney movie songs of all times. Although I did loudly serenaded LittleCuteLips I still like the Peebo Bryson + Regina Belle version. However, the scene when they sing the song is absolutely a stunning movie. I also really love, love so there is that. I also enjoyed Will’s version of “Friend Like Me’ it was a fun twist to make it current. I think this song will be appealing to the little kids.

Age Appropriate:

The end got a bit dark even for me. LittleCuteLips fell asleep on the last 30 minutes of the movie. [It was past her bedtime.] Although she enjoyed the rest of the movie, I’m not sure she would like the dark part. She is 7 and a bit mature for her age. I would not bring my toddler.

Will Smith t-shirt

You peep my Will Smith shirt?

Run Time:

The movie was 2hrs 8 min, I could have been shorter, they could have wrapped it up in 1hr 45 mins. However, I did enjoy it start to finish.

I say go see it and form your own thoughts and opinions.


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Mimi Robinson shares her spoiler free Aladdin review. To include her thoughts on Aladdin Genie Will Smith and all the drama. #Aladdin in theaters now.

Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Kendro

    I kinda wanna see this but I may just wait until it comes out on Netflix. The production quality seems super dope though!

  2. Stacie Branson

    My kids are older so I may wait for this one to come out on video. i’m sure my gbabies might like this but they’re little so I wonder if the dark part is too dark for them?

    • MimiCuteLips

      It is kind of lengthy so they might even fall asleep honestly. I would said wait for them, I don’t know that it would hold their interest.

  3. D.Irie

    Definitely planning on seeing this with the fam this week! There was so much criticism floating around prior to the screening. Just us old Disney movie fans with an opinion. Thanks for your insight! I have a 7y/o as well that would like to see it, glad to know it’ll suit her❤

    • MimiCuteLips

      People like to make a fuss about everything. I always say it for yourself and decide. I think you and your daughter would enjoy it.

  4. D'ondra M Howard

    I can’t wait to see this movie. I love me some Will Smith.

  5. Lauren Floyd

    This is on my list of movies to see. It’s so hard to get to a theater these days though.

  6. Celesha Best

    I loved the animated version and I’m too excited to see this one too! After reading this I’m even more excited than before. Glad to know the actors did the movie justice. 🙂

  7. Tomiko Harvey

    I just saw on the news where it was one the top summer releases and everybody is saying how good it is so I think I am taking my daughter one day this weekend. Her last day of school is today so maybe we will even go tomorrow. I have heard nothing but good things

  8. Nadalie Bardo

    Does it! Does it! I really wanted to know. It’s got such good views from fans, how can I not watch it.

  9. Ariel Williams

    I told my son that this summer’s gonna be lined up with some of my childhood favorites, with Aladdin being one of them. I can’t wait to see the movie, although I was skeptical about Will Smith playing Genie. Glad to know that it was good, because I’d hate to be disappointed.

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