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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.