Is it me or did I just see a live-action re-creation of a Disney animated classic just two months ago? Oh, I did… Dumbo. I think I asked that same question then and will probably again when The Lion King comes out in a few months. At the risk of repeating myself…why are they messing with the classics at all, did they forget why the original is so beloved, how is this not a lucrative cash grab? That said, I just came out of Guy Ritchie’s re-creation of the classic Aladdin, and I have to say I’m surprised I like it.
Unlike Dumbo, Aladdin is a faithful retelling of the original movie. This means the original storyline is intact, the great music from Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice is still there.
In case you forgot, Aladdin (Mena Masoud) is one of the many poverty-stricken citizens of the kingdom of Agrabah. Aladdin survives by stealing food off of food carts and giving whatever he doesn’t eat to the starving children. While on the hunt, Aladdin runs into Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) who is disguised as a commoner to survey the city her father rules over. The two meet and a love connection is made. Soon, the pair is chased through the city streets, and I quite like how Ritchie sped up the action oh so slightly giving it a cartoon feel.