And that's a shame because the actual character of the Genie manages to do what I thought was impossible and give it a life outside Robin Williams' unforgettable vocal performance. Aladdin was very much his vehicle.
We are sure it would be a great moment for Badshah to get such praises from Will Smith.
"What Robin Williams did with this character - he just didn't leave a lot of room to add to the genie. For those who've ever wondered what the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would be like as a middle-aged guy plopped into a bevy of belly dancers and hoofing swordsmen, here you go".
Mena Massoud plays Aladdin inAladdin - but that didn't mean his co-star, Will Smith, recognized him on set!
Remaking a classic Disney film comes with one distinct advantage; the storyline and songs are already a victor, so the pressure is off in that regard.
Will Smith puts his own spin on the Genie. Her chemistry with Mena's Aladdin is believable to watch and thankfully she doesn't take a back seat to the action unfolding. The songs have new arrangements that aren't quite as good, it's 38 minutes longer but little of it is an improvement, and there's just not the (for lack of a better word) magic that made the original so beloved.
Massoud's singing and dancing skills are a delightful surprise not just because he's so talented but because, again, they're based in that same earnest vulnerability.
It's Naomi Scott who truly sparkles as Princess Jasmine, both literally and figuratively. Says Scott: "She says, 'Enough is enough". She's so much more.
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For Massoud and his Jasmine, Naomi Scott, however, the choreography was secondary.
And now it features in the Guy Ritchie live-action remake of Aladdin, but it's the 1995 romantic adventure about a Native American girl who falls for a white settler that he reckons would prove hard to reinterpret. Nasim Pedrad's Dalia lights up the screen and steals the scenes she's in.
Lest anyone have forgotten, the plot involves a good-hearted thief who, enlisted by the Sultan's evil vizier Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) to carry out his nefarious ambitions, winds up in possession of a magic lamp. Raja had more spunk to offer than Iago!
It seems Alan Menken and the rest of the crew at Disney are focused on fixing things from the original movies, so why can't a Pocahontas live-action remake happen? Sometimes that can stand on its own merit, and Aladdin just doesn't, even with some moments that break the tedium.
Throughout Aladdin, there's an unfortunate sense that the supposedly freeing abilities of computer effects serve as limitations to this fantastical story. Aladdin will leave a new generation of viewers enchanted.
What I personally hope for, however, is that more young women leave the theater with a new song in their heart and find their voice thanks to "Speechless".
The question with this new live-action "Aladdin" is whether action director Guy Ritchie ("Sherlock Holmes", "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword") can excise those outdated elements and replace them with something interesting.