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Aladdin is the remake of the 1992 animated version that revolves around a thief and street rat named Aladdin (Mena Massoud) that finds a magic lamp that has a Genie (Will Smith) for the power-hungry, Jafar (Marwan Kenzari). Aladdin uses the lamp which grants him three wishes and he uses one of his wishes to become a Prince and win over the Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). However, he struggles with whether or not to tell the truth, and Jafar uses this to his advantage to try and become Sultan.

The 1992 animated Aladdin movie is probably my favorite of the Disney films. I pretty much know the whole movie by heart. So when the first trailer was released I was both excited and nervous since the trailer had Will Smith’s Genie look weird and unnatural, a bit like the uncanny valley.

Aladdin and Jasmine do have believable chemistry. Jafar however was disappointing. I didn’t mind his performance at first but as the film went on he continued to lack menace, scariness, and creepiness of the animated version. Will Smith as the Genie still looked bad while he was blue, but he did bring his own charisma to the Genie which I enjoyed.

However, there were some weird editing decisions made in the film. One being the song “One Jump” weirdly sped up. Another being Jasmine having her own original song that while is enjoyable, took me out of the film. And lastly having Genie and Princess Jasmine’s handmaiden relationship rushed. There are also various moments of very bad and noticeable CGI.

I did enjoy this live action remake, mostly out of nostalgia, but it pales in comparison to the original.

I give the live-action Aladdin a C+

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