The animated feature film Aladdin has been an integral part of every 90’s kid.
They have grown up with the hacks of Aladdin, the beauty of Princess Jasmine, the crazy antics of Abu the monkey and the hilarious performances of the blue Genie.
As we evaluate the live action version of the film with the animated one, we must mention the lovely moments as well as the disappointing ones. In the film, the genie has snatched the center stage from the other main characters of the film and while we still love Will Smith, the genie should have stayed a supporting character.
Aladdin and his crazy hacks
However, Aladdin (Mena Massoud) as usual is seen flaunting his amazing tricks of hacks in the movie with lots of crazy moves from jumping to one building to another. However, his character is not shown in the way it was portrayed in the original movie. At some places, he was absolutely brilliant like his perfect dance moves where he totally stole the limelight from all. He shouldn’t have been shown as the sidekick for Genie and his role solely seemed to be to do nothing but fall in love with the Princess.
Princess Jasmine won’t be Speechless in Aladdin
On the other hand, Jasmine’s (Naomi Scott) character has evolved and shown more power to women with her empathy from her first appearance on screen to the Sultan who wants to live life on her own terms. Her character has more poise and command than in the animated version and she vowed that she will not be silenced to the injustice happening in front of her eyes. Moreover, the princess has an ambition and a vision in the remake which wasn’t there in the 1992 version.
Genie and his Awesomeness
The awesomeness of Genie (Will Smith) was there to make us laugh the whole time from his first appearance from coming out of the lamp till the last scene. Smith’s comic timing and crazy antics were the eye candy in the whole movie. Genie can do everything, making a common thief turn into a charming Prince of Ababwa and serving the power-hungry Wazir Jaffar (Marwan Kenzari), he can do it all.
In the live action version, we also see that the Genie also fall in love with the handmaiden of Princess Jasmine named Dalia (Nasim Pedrad). Will Smith’s performance was amazing, stepping in the shoes of Robin Williams, giving his genie a new touch in his own way.
However, the Sultan (Navid Negahban) is shown as a perfect King to the massive city of Agrabah with only one problem, he is under the Wazir’s spell.
The role of Abu the monkey and Iago the parrot was wasted completely as it left a void. There should be something more to their characters although, in the animated version, they both played a vital role in the story.
Apart from that, the CGI effects which perfectly portrayed the massive Genie in its current form complimenting Smith’s performance and good job done by Guy Ritchie with his overall direction.
The entire movie is an entertainment package with all of its fun, humor, romance along with the music and dances, it will make you groove to its tunes.
The verdict is: