Aladdin (2019)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 2 hour 8 min
Release Date: May 22 2019
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott

Plot Summary

A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Live-action remake, a common term in today’s cinema world. Disney the main driving force behind these, re-making the beloved films from their extensive library. It’s safe to say that these films will always make a fair few bucks, but that said they haven’t always been a hit.

Most of the time it feels like these re-makes are counting on the nostalgia value to make a good film, this is no different. Aladdin, a film full of the songs we all know and love from the original, in which they really do work with this style of filming. Using bright, vibrant and over the top scenes, along with this, the songs capture that nostalgia value perfectly.

The casting, this is a key element to getting these movies right, there were certainly good choices made, but one decision affected the whole outcome of the film. Mena Massoud who plays ‘Aladdin’ was adequate in the role, he had enough about him to give us a street urchin we can connect with. One character that needed to be cast correct was the ‘Genie’, Will Smith got this great honour, he is no Robin Williams but he made the character his own and excelled every time on screen, bouncing off Massoud throughout. Another role that was cast well was Naomi Scott as ‘Jasmine’, who was spot on as a character and created the believable love story.

Now for the biggest gripe of the film, ‘Jafar’, played by Marwan Kenzari. This casting missed the mark completely, a character that is a main part of the film, turned out to ruin every scene he was on screen. Original ‘Jafar’ was perfection, he was menacing, scary and ruled the screen. Kenzari didn’t capture any of this at all, ultimately affecting the whole film due to him being a main plot point. A complete miscast.

“Aladdin” was a lot of fun…most of the time. Capturing the nostalgic value of the original with the songs, vibrant colours and Will Smiths great performance as the ‘Genie’. Yet it was let down by a total miscast of ‘Jafar’ who managed to cause every scene he was in to fall flat.