Aladdin: Same Great Story With A Modern Twist

Mena Massoud as the street rat with a heart of gold, Aladdin, and Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie in Disney’s ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.

Almost 30 years after the original animated film was released, it was only a matter of time before we saw this enchanted tale come to life. This new live adaptation will wow new audiences while satisfying those who cherish it as one of their favorite childhood films.

When I heard the names Guy Ritchie and Will Smith, my stomach dropped, and my mind spun. The two are without a doubt powerhouses in their respective fields, acting and directing, but a children’s movie? Aladdin? I was hesitant to say the least.

Good news is the two did an eloquent job of removing themselves and their styles from their roles and stuck to the true magic that the original Aladdin offers. I’ll admit my mind couldn’t easily shake the “Fresh Prince persona”, especially with all the musical scores, but I believe Mr. Robin Williams himself is looking down with the nod of approval on Smith’s performance as the Genie.

With that said, the rest of the cast really took to character and created a script that was engaging from beginning to end. It does not take away from the original story, but only adds more context.

Mena Massoud, who plays Aladdin, puts on a top-notch performance, but the real stand out was Naomi Scott who played Jasmine. She exuded power and positivity and reinvigorated the role of the princess in her kingdom.

All the character’s from Rajah, Abu and even the annoying parrot Lago are brought to life in a well put together and fluid technology that did not look out of place or rushed. There were a few odd movements from Smith when floating as the Genie but nothing worth complaining about.

With about 30 minutes of new content and revamped musical numbers, I’m sure the true fans will have their nitpicks, but overall I believe this film displays the original film well while ushering it into a new generation who will find the same love us 90s kids did with the animated version.