Aladdin (2019) – Movie Review

Aladdin is a musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie, who also co-wrote it with John August. The film is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1992 animated film of the same name. Now, Disney is following the trend of making live-action films based on their popular animated films, as they did it with The Jungle Book (2016), and there will be the release of The Lion King (2019) in July.

As this film is the adaptation of the animated film, the overall story is the same as that of its original material. The film’s plot revolves around Aladdin (Mena Massoud), a street urchin, who falls in love with Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) of Agrabah. Meanwhile, the Grand Vizier Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) seeks to find the magic lamp hidden within the Cave of Wonders to become Sultan of Agrabah. But only a worthy person can find the lamp. Jafar’s quest for finding a worthy man ends when he meets Aladdin; And asks him to retrieve the lamp in return of making him rich enough to impress Princess Jasmine. After retrieving the lamp, Jafar tries to double-cross Aladdin but loses the lamp and Aladdin eventually. Aladdin, trapped in the cave, rubs the lamp and an incredibly powerful omnipotent Genie (Will Smith) comes out of it, who lives inside it. And Genie explains to Aladdin that he has the power to grant him three wishes.

The story of the film is mostly similar to its animated counterpart, so nothing much newness in that, except its live-action execution. Guy Ritchie is known for his really different and innovative take on the crime genre and action-adventure films with an engaging direction style, and him working on Aladdin was just something out of the world. There is no ‘Guy Ritchie’ touch to this film, but yeah, it’s definitely well put together and nicely executed film.

When the trailer of this film had dropped, everybody criticized it for Will Smith’s blue Genie avatar because it just wasn’t believable and looking so bad. And yes, it does look bad in a blue form. Creating a real life Genie on screen actually seems a difficult part, but the good thing is that most of the time Will Smith appears in his human form. But I really wish that they could have had made it even more believable. In the animated film, Robin Williams, with his voice acting, made the comedic Genie’s character an iconic hit. From the performance’s standpoint, Will Smith has done a really good job and made it a likable character. Additionally, the character of Jafar wasn’t as menacing as its animated counterpart; especially the evil laughter was missing. In my opinion, there shouldn’t be any comparison between this live-action film and the animated one, but no one can just stop comparing while watching it. The best part of the film is the musical numbers which are very beautifully shot.

Verdict : A decent attempt to recreate the magical world of Aladdin and Genie, but doesn’t work as expected.

Rating : 3.4/5

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