I went to see the new Aladdin movie last Friday with my mom and here’s what I thought about it.
When it was announced that Disney would be putting together a live-action remake of the 1992 animated favorite, I got very excited. I have thus far really enjoyed the remakes that have come out.
Thoughts on the Genie
When Will Smith was announced as the new Genie I didn’t feel the same doubt that many others did. I’ve always liked what Smith brings to the table in terms of the roles he has had in the past. Yes, his portrayal was different. But it was a good one. He walked into a role that he was bound to get backlash for because Robin Williams, may he rest in peace, did a great job embodying the genie in his performance. I didn’t really see a way for Smith to take this role and do right by everyone watching, because he would have two options laid out before him. The first being to not stray from the original material and risk being called unoriginal and the second being to stray too far from the original material and risk being called disrespectful. I think he walked the line between these two options really well and I ended up thoroughly enjoying his performance. By bringing hip-hop elements to the film, he was able to stay authentic to who he is, but also paying homage to the role he stepped into.
Aladdin (1992) vs. Aladdin (2019)
In this portion, I am going to just be breaking down differences and similarities that I noticed. By no means am I saying I was able to recognize everything, but some things did stick out.
- The scene where Jasmine wears the red outfit in the original movie was changed, so she isn’t seducing Jafar but instead pretending that she is going through with marriage. I’m actually really glad this scene was changed because the older I get, the more uncomfortable I am with the original.
- We do not get a giant snake (which would have been epic) but rather a giant parrot.
- When Aladdin and Jasmine originally meet, that chase scene still happens but in this new one he doesn’t find out she’s the princess until later on when he goes into the castle to return her bracelet.
- The genie ends up with Jasmine’s handmaiden Dalia, and he becomes human in the end. In the original, I’m pretty sure he keeps his powers.
- This one had a new song titled “Speechless” that blew me away and I loved it a lot.
- We get more of a motive from Jafar, he isn’t just some villain for the sake of being a villain but rather is shown to be power hungry.
I really enjoyed the movie and plan on watching it again at some point and it has only made me more excited for the next live-action remake, which happens to be The Lion King.