Warning: The following review contains details about the film that support my opinions, this means that a SPOILER ALERT is now in effect. If you wish to see the film with an open mind, I suggest you click away now…
It has unfortunately been a while since Aladdin first came out in cinemas, making me a little late to the game in terms of a movie review. Life happening meant I didn’t get the time to go and see it until last week.
Those of you who read my trailer review will know that I was a LITTLE bit sceptical about this movie at first. I VERY much wanted this movie to do well as I probably would have died a little on the inside if it didn’t. Thankfully the movie was as good as I hoped it would be!
My main concern was with Will Smith as Genie. On top of having big shoes to fill, I found him being blue a little strange. After watching the movie however I have no honest idea why I doubted him. Will Smith is an extremely talented actor and I rarely dislike the characters he plays. Aladdin was by no means a exception to the rule.
One thing I like to do when writing movie reviews is pick my favourite character/actor/actress, but i honestly enjoyed this movie (and the cast) so much that I find it hard to pick a favourite. Instead, I’m going to pick four. More specifically; Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), Aladdin (Mena Massoud), Genie (Will Smith) and Jafar (Marwan Kenzari). This movie was cast so well in my opinion, that even if i had the chance to do so, I wouldn’t make any changes. Even though it would have been extremely nostalgic, I wouldn’t even have re-cast Gilbert Gottfried as Iago. Alan Tudyk played this version of the faithful side kick perfectly.
Fun fact: Frank Welker reprised his role as the voice of the Cave of Wonders. He also voiced Rajah and Abu in the original 1992 film.
As good as the cast was though, the soundtrack was hands down my favourite part of the movie. No surprise there though, I was instantly excited to hear the full soundtrack as soon as I heard the small segment of Friend Like Me featured in the trailer. What I enjoyed the most about the soundtrack was the fact that my favourite song was one not featured in the original 1992 version. The song I have chosen as my favourite is the song Speechless, performed by Naomi Scott. The entirety of the soundtrack is absolutely incredible, but the passion Naomi put into performing the song made it the perfect choice in my mind.
But that’s just my opinion. I’d love to hear what you have to say!
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