You ever see a trailer for an upcoming movie and instantly know that that movie will become the movie of the year?
No? Well, that‘s too bad, because that’s what happened when I caught glimpse none other than Will Smith would play Genie.
For all the nay-sayers who hated this casting selection, Smith did a resounding job. Genie was witty, humorous, and his rapport with Aladdin was untouchable.
Mena Massoud also performed well, bringing back the great traits we’ve grown to know and love from Aladdin. But the real star of this remake was Naomi Scott.
Scott crushes the role of Jasmine. It was astounding at how much depth she created for her character – more so than what the original movie could provide.
There Were A Couple of Quirks
For one, Jafar was not nearly as evil as he appeared in the original. I was just waiting for him to bring back that same level of cruelty, but it just never seemed to happen.
There were also times when scenes looked cheap. It was kind of strange. One moment, there was a stunning shot of Aladdin and Jasmine together. They would then follow it up with an action scene that looked like it came straight from an 80s movie.
These flaws were annoying, but they were minor and didn’t take away from the grand scheme of things.
There Were A Lot of Kids
If you’re anticipating an onslaught of 90s kid lining up to watch Aladdin, you’ll be terribly disappointed. The crowd that attended this screening was your standard young family of four. Expect babies to be crying, toddlers to be screaming and mothers to be mothering.
Not saying you go to the movies for the crowd, but I was hoping to not be the only person in the entire theatre to be in their mid-twenties.
TLDR: The Aladdin Remake is Worth the $8 Movie Ticket
The only reason why you shouldn’t see the Aladdin remake is if you have a strong hatred for Disney movies. Besides that, there are no excuses. People who’ve never seen Aladdin, God forbid, would still enjoy this remake. But I think this movie is best suited for fans of the original, who are looking for a taste of some sweet childhood nostalgia.