Aladdin The story of the sweet street thief who can become a prince through the assistance of a genie won the hearts of Disney fans in 1992. After 27 years, the beloved animated film is now given a fresh lease of new life thanks to Director Guy Ritchie as part of Disney’s live-action adaptation trends. The tale, loosely based on the Arabian Nights collection of fairy tales, has been the subject of numerous adaptations. Aladdin was among my favorite films when I was a kid, and I’m sure I’ve seen the original animated film 1001 times. My expectations were high for the remake, based on things that happened in Agrabah.
Young Aladdin lives in the streets. He and his animal companion, Abu the monkey, have to steal to survive. Even though he is poor, he’s not unwilling to offer his food to less fortunate people. In the bustling bazaar of the city, He meets Princess Jasmine, daughter of the Sultan, who hasn’t gone from the Palace since her mother’s death. To conceal her privacy, Jasmine disguises herself as the Sultan’s chambermaid. The confrontation between them is not a great way to get a result, so Aladdin decides to visit her at the palace to clarify the situation.
He is rescued by Jafar, the advisor to the royal family and is working on his plans. For a long time, Jafar has been trying to obtain a magic lamp from a mysterious cave in the desert; however, only the “diamond in the rough” could accomplish this feat. Then it is decided that Aladdin must go inside to obtain the coveted lamp, but there is one condition he cannot play with any of the other treasures in the cave. Along with Abu, the street thief can find the hidden lamp in the cave. However, for the monkey, his temptation becomes too much, and the cave starts to crumble. Finally, in the final moments, Aladdin makes it to Jafar. However, he is shocked to witness him grab the lamp, only to leave it to fate. The thing that Jafar isn’t aware of is that this clever monkey has stolen the light he had been looking for in the final moment. This leads to an encounter between Aladdin the Genie, who must now give him three wishes – the princess’s heart being the most important on his wish list.
Optically, the film is fantastic. The visuals are stunning. Agrabah is more lavish and vibrant than ever before. I wasn’t sure which direction to go on my trip to the cinema. The bazaar is bustling with giant town folk, all dressed in vibrant colors, and the colors on sale, particularly spice towers in bright shades of red and orange, make a stunning addition to the scene. Its CGI used in this film is also amazing to see; awe-inspiring are Djinni’s magical art, that furry fur tiger of Princess Diana’s, and the monkey Abu. The director Guy Ritchie has created a new world that provides a unique experience. I particularly enjoyed the sequences of parkour that in some way made me think of an Assassin’s creed game called Agrabah.
I have seen the film in its German dub and, like always, I’m dissatisfied with its German dubbing. I think it ruins the experience when I watch characters on screen in a tense situation, crying, and the voice actor is not emotion-free on his face. I also think it’s regrettable that a new voice team was employed to do the dubbing and not those voices from the original. Fun fact the character voiced by Will Smith is also the German speaker from Peter Griffin, known from Family Guy – which makes me even more amused.
The characters in the film are presented as vibrant and complex, with Jasmine mainly appearing more polished than in the first film. Women empowerment has arrived within Disney, becoming an increasingly significant element of its corporate philosophy. In contrast to other films such as Arielle the Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast, Jasmine never got her song of power. The composer Alan Menken has given the princess her track, “Speechless,” which is about the fact that she’ll never remain silent, even if this is, in the role of the daughter of the Sultan, is what’s expected from her. The soundtrack is well-suited to the mood and is the best-known song and new tunes. I didn’t enjoy the evident use of autotune to make the singers’ voices sound as flawless as they could. I’m not the only one who didn’t like the autotune effect on Cher’s 90s hit song “Belief,” which is frequently used nowadays. In a few scenes, they chose to display what was displayed in a time-lapse that I believe is superior to the rest of the film’s design.
The first time we saw it, the casting of Genie in the hands of Will Smith was criticized. There is one thing to remember no one on the planet can match the genius of Robin Williams, but Disney isn’t interested in this at all. Will Smith gives the genie an entirely new look and sets himself apart from Robin Williams, the original. He is also not afraid to step from rapping and gives new life to well-known songs. To my eye, his performance was fantastic, and the scenes he performed with Aladdin were fun to see. The film doesn’t only be about love; it also uses the buddy system and injects some fun into the movie.
Aladdin will be a hit with young audiences, but long-time Disney lovers will be thrilled in the theatre. The film is a powerful message about love, friendship, and truthfulness. It’s wonderful that Disney is shifting away from the Damsel in Distress stereotype and is currently working on powerful female protagonists. The film isn’t quite as great as the original animated film. However, it’s fun and will ensure you leave the theater with an emoji on your face.