On May 24, 2019 Walt Disney Studios released its live action version of the hit animated film Aladdin. Full disclosure, I absolutely adored the animated film, consequently I had high expectations for this new movie. The good news is the film didn't disappoint.
Since Disney announced that they were going to make this film, I have been following it. I may have personally contributed to at least 500 of the 36 million views for the trailers on Youtube!
I made sure family and friends knew this movie was coming out and bought my tickets three weeks in advance to ensure optimal seats for me and my family. By the way, my husband was just as excited about seeing this film as I was.
The original Disney film premiered in 1992, when I was in second grade, and this weekend I got to take my second grader to see the live action film. Watching her enjoy the movie the way I did at her age made me even more excited than I already was.
At last the long awaited day had arrived, and the movie began with quite the introduction.
The opening sequence of the film is flawless. It immediately immerses the you into your Aladdin nostalgia with the Arabian Nights song sung by Will Smith. The music for the song causes your excitement to rise in anticipation of what’s to come.
Speaking of the music...the musical performances were some of the best of any of the Disney live action films. Each of the classic tunes: A Whole New World, Prince Ali, Never Had a Friend Like Me to Street Rat were top notch performances.
The choreography and artistry for one of the numbers will leave you wishing that you had a remote to rewind the number and view it again. After this song the entire audience clapped to show their love.
In truth, all of the dance routines warranted a re-watch even the one during the credits. No one got up from their seats as were all entranced by the closing number. You would have thought it was a Marvel movie.
The visuals and cinematography were awe inspiring. The sets were stunning and the costume designer deserves an Oscar nomination. The costumes had vibrant colors that caused the sets to shine.
The CGI on Rajah the tiger, at times, could have been better, which leaves me a little nervous about the upcoming Lion King live action film. Meanwhile the other CGI animals looked great.
There were some fun and interesting new characters, which were not in the original film. They were great additions and helped round out the story of other characters.
Meanwhile all of the familiar characters were given appropriate screen time and developed as much as they needed to be.
We definitely were treated to some much needed background on the villain of the story, which made his motives seem just a tad more believable.
This film does like all of its live action predecessors. It tells the story in a familiar and comforting way but also expands and offers deeper character themes. It does what Beauty and the Beast did only slightly better.
Aladdin 2019 is absolutely worth seeing especially for millennials, who love to revisit their childhood like me.
Will Smith nailed the performance as the Genie. He paid homage to Robin Williams’ iconic character, yet made it his own.
My two daughters loved the movie as did my husband. The entire family walked out singing the songs and two days later we still can’t get them out of our heads.
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