Disney’s Aladdin returns to theaters in a live-action all-new adventure! Based on the original animated film, the story comes to life in a whole new way! See the beloved characters, Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, and watch their fairytale unfold. New songs and added twists make this new Disney Aladdin movie a must-see! Read our full review below.
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Disney Aladdin Movie
About the film:
A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.
Our Thoughts on the Disney Aladdin Movie:
While the live-action follows the same storyline as the animated version, I really appreciate the women empowerment addition to the film. Princess Jasmine is a tougher version of herself, more assertive and the inclusion of her new solo song, “Speechless” is fantastic! The casting of both Princess Jasmine and Aladdin is spot on. I really enjoyed both of their characters. While I was hesitant about Will Smith as Genie, overall I thought he did a decent job. What I thought took away from his character was the CGI to make him “blue” onscreen. It felt off and distracting. I liked when he was a “normal person” (in Genie’s own words). I also hoped Will Smith would bring a bit more humor to his character. There were definitely funny moments, and the film is very entertaining overall. I think it’s a fantastic summer movie for families!
A few fun facts about the film:
The “Prince Ali” musical sequence is the biggest production number in the film with 250 dancers and 200 extras. The 30-foot yellow flower camel on which Prince Ali arrives at the palace was made from 37,000
flower heads and took 15 model makers three weeks to build.
Aladdin’s sidekick Abu, while entirely digital, was based on a Capuchin monkey. Jasmine’s bedroom in the palace reflects the intelligence and strength of her character. Set decoration included books, maps, opulent tapestries and pieces of art collected by the princess.
See it in 4DX!
Disney’s Aladdin movie is a great family-friendly film. This weekend we took the boys to see the 4DX version which adds the element of a fun theme park vibe. It’s like you’re on a ride for 2 hours! It goes back and forth between quiet moments of dialogue and fun moments with the genie. Some of the cool 4DX scenes include a fantastic magic carpet flying sequence for the ‘A Whole New World’ scene and rainwater and snow are used in unexpected seasonal sequences. Kids especially will enjoy this fun adventurous way to watch a Disney movie! Find 4DX theaters near you.
Disney’s Aladdin is in theaters now! See the trailer here.