Is Aladdin Worth Another Magic Carpet Ride?
'Is Aladdin Worth Another Magic Carpet Ride? '
by Kate Williamson
Horns blasting. Belly dancers. Exotic animals. Visually stunning backdrops. Suspense and romance. After holding its place a beloved children’s classic for almost three decades, Disney finally gives this animated film a live-action remake.
It’s always a risk when remaking films so adored by movie fans. I was skeptical and pretty convinced there would be no comparison, and was ready to chalk this movie up as a rebooted fail.
While there will never be a genie to replace the great Robin Williams, Will Smith was likable and comedic as the Genie. Mena Massoud, from his first smile, was a handsome, boyish, charming Aladdin. Marwan Kenzari is the new Jafar, offering a much different take than the original. Where there was an older, more sinister Royal Vizier before, there is now a more youthful, attractive villain who dreams of stealing the power of the kingdom.
This reboot offers some variation from the original—new musical moments, additional scenes and dialogue, and even new characters. Most of all, a variation on the outcomes for both Genie & Jasmine.
Disney gives us a more modern version of Jasmine. While she was certainly no mouse in the original, the new Jasmine is bold, unapologetic, and willing to brave the fire for her kingdom. She is a princess for the girls of today to be proud of and emulate, in the same vein as Elsa of Frozen and Merida of Brave.
While the original animation was bright and colorful, the streets of Agrabah brought to life are simply extravagant. Aladdin and Jasmine soaring into the starry night above Agrabah, twisting and turning over the ocean, takes the audience on a breathtaking journey.
What do you think? Are you ready to take another ride on the magic carpet, or do you think Disney should have left the classic animated version as it was?
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