New live-action film from a Disney cartoon, Aladdin is the first family film directed by Guy Ritchie. Film review by Bulles de Culture on this feature film with Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Marwan Kenzari.
When a charming street boy by the name of Aladdin (Mena Massoud) seeks to conquer the heart of the beautiful, enigmatic and fiery Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), he calls for helps the all-powerful Genie (Will Smith), the only one who can allow him to make three wishes, including that of becoming Prince Ali to better access the palace …
Aladdin: new Jasmine and new style
This new version of Aladdin takes the main lines of the original animated film of John Musker and Ron Clements, released in 1993 in France, with some updates. So, unlike the cartoon and to conform to the new standard Disney “princesses”, Jasmine has a more rebellious and driving force character. A new thing found also in the original music of composer Alan Menken, already there in the previous version of the movie. Thus, alongside singles such as A Whole New World or Prince Ali of course still present, a new song, entitled Speechless, is inserted in this new adaptation to accompany the Princess Jasmine’s more active revolt against the fate we want to reserve for her.
On the other hand, if this difference doesn’t work against this new Aladdin in the end, it is more difficult to understand the change which concerns the Bollywood style for choreography and music (a more lucrative market?) in a story which is supposed to be taking place in the Middle East.
A good entertainment to share with family
On the casting side, singer and actress Naomi Scott illuminates the screen in the role of a more subtle Jasmine princess at the cost of an Aladdin, played by a Mena Massoud, more predictable. And about the Jafar proposed by Marwan Kenzari, it lacks singular complexity. However, it is finally Will Smith in the role of the Genie locked in the lamp who was expected at the turn. And we must admit that he’s doing pretty well. Certainly, he made the task easier for him by directing his character towards what he knows the best, that is to say hip-hop, but it works pretty well and his enthusiasm to play the famous Genius is contagious.
In short, if this live-action movie can be not close enough to the original cartoon for the fans and disappoint them, we must recognize that we still spend a good time watching this Aladdin — directed by a Guy Ritchie more abstemious than usual — which is nothing more than a consensual entertainment to share with family.
— Bulles de Culture (@bullesdeculture) May 22, 2019
To learn more:
- French release: 05/22/2019
- French distributor: The Walt Disney Company France
- Movie for kids from the age of 8-9