Aladdin - 24 May 2019 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
Rated PG for mild action and peril. 128 minutes.
Disney’s latest live action adaptation of the 1992 animated classic about a street urchin who finds a Magic Lamp seemed to have no real reason to exist other than making a guaranteed buck at the box office and the casting of Will Smith as The Genie sent social media into a frenzy. Now that the final product has dropped in theaters, I am happy to report the film is far more entertaining than I thought it would be. Let me also add that the ‘92 Aladdin is my 2nd favorite Disney film outside of The Lion King so it really did have big shoes to fill. The biggest surprise is that Will Smith makes the film and is larger than life as The Genie. I think Robin Williams would be proud as Smith totally makes the role his own. The lead actors cast as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine are also very good and Jafar is adequately spooky although can never quite capture the magic of the animated version. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie of Snatch and Sherlock Holmes fame but you never can place his signature on it as it’s a standard-by the books-Disney movie but that doesn’t mean it’s not without its charm. The musical numbers are effective—with a few new songs—and the production and costume design is fantastic.
Overall, this is another hit for Disney and a film the entire family can enjoy.