This weekend Disney opened our eyes to a whole new world…but did it live up to the hype?
If you are anything like me, you grew up singing these catchy songs and falling in love with our favorite street rat. Aladdin has secured itself as one of my all time favorite Disney movies, so this remake certainly had a lot to live up to.
I will be honest that when I first saw the costumes and trailer, I was worried. In fact, I think my exact reaction was “NOOOOO!”
Luckily this movie packed a lot of surprises, so here is what I think worked and what didn’t.
- Will Smith made my initial doubts disappear after his first scene. Though I admit I was nervous after the first trailer, he ended up being the star of the movie. His comedic timing left me belly laughing over and over again. To be frank: this movie would have been mediocre without him.
- Naomi Scott did a wonderful job portraying Jasmine. I loved the fresh take on her character, and I also enjoyed her additional song.
- It was entertaining, and the nostalgia hit home!
What didn’t work:
- The casting of Jafar was probably the biggest problem in my opinion. His voice was not menacing, and it was hard to see him as the villain from my childhood. Without a convincing villain, it was hard to buy into the majority of the plot.
- The pacing and dialogue of the first 30 minutes was off. At times it felt corny and I had a hard time getting into it. The good news is that the movie picked up as soon as the Genie was introduced.
- I wasn’t a fan of a few of the camera angles and the camera speed. The director decided to speed up certain parts of the movie, which made it feel a bit too “comicbook-y” for my liking.
- I hate to say it, but the portrayal of Aladdin didn’t work for me. Aladdin is known for his charm, and that personality just didn’t shine through. The singing was also heavily autotuned(and at times awkward).
In the end, it was worth seeing. I had a ton of fun going to see it with my husband, and it made me nostalgic for the original. The casting and directing could have been better, but overall it was a fun movie for Disney lovers.
Let me know what you thought about the live action Aladdin!