This wasn’t as bad as people set it up to be.
Here’s the thing…. everyone goes into these live action films wanting them to be as magical as the original animated version and none of them will ever live up to that standard. People failed to understand that there was also a Broadway version that was adapted and that’s where Guy Ritchie got most of the direction from because IT IS a musical.
I went into this with low expectations. Then I saw Will Smith at the beginning of this film and all the expectations floated away. The reason is because I forgot that I was watching Aladdin in that exact moment. Will Smith brought his own version of the genie and having him set up the story was a very smart choice.
The only issue I had with this film was that it dragged on at times but overall it was a pretty good live action. I didn’t expect it to be that good because of the reception it got. The cast was pretty strong and they all had great chemistry, especially Will Smith and Mena Massoud!
I enjoyed the fact that they added a song for Naomi Scott to sing as Jasmine AND that they changed the story a bit for her in order to modernize the tale.
Aladdin is by far one of the more fun live action Disney films to come out in the past couple of years. I really enjoyed Guy Ritchie’s direction and Will Smith completely stole the show. I’m actually happy that this generation of children can grow up knowing that Will Smith is their genie because he was that incredible!