(Belated) #MondayThoughts No. 49: Film Review — Aladdin (the Live Action)


Last night, my mom, my sister and I watched the live-action adaptation of the 1992 Disney animated film. Unknowingly, my high school classmate, who I have not met for nine years, is in front of us. Well, I met him in the comfort room first.

Anyway… let’s get on with the film review…

Directed by Guy Ritchie (the former husband of Madonna), the film stars Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.

The remade songs from the original animated film were pretty much intact in terms of integrity. Well, with reservations. The new “Friend Like Me” fits the bill for the Fresh Prince while the film’s signature theme, “A Whole New World” gives me goosebumps as is the original.

On the the new songs, “Speechless” (written by Pasek and Paul) makes it very impressive to compensate the absence of a personal anthem for the Disney Princess.

The cinematography is very sophisticated that I cannot describe further.

Why did Rotten Tomatoes get a 58% rating while other aggregators go higher?

Is it because of CGI, direction, pacing or about Smith’s performance with the Genie (which might dismay Robin Williams)? Is it time to stop with the live action adaptation or it’s just a cycle when the next Princess gets the treatment?

Bear in mind, since 2015, live action adaptation of Disney Princesses began with Cinderella (starring Lily James) and then, Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson) two years later. Next year, it will be Mulan and Liu Yifei will take the lead.

Let’s just wait and see.

Timow out.

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