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Aladdin

By Alan Ng | May 24, 2019

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.

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  1. Pete says:

    Not sure why you think that this is above Beauty and the Beast, but it isn’t.

    I’m not saying this is bad, but Beauty and the Beast remains one of the few live action Disney movies that are true to their cartoon counterpart.

  2. teehee says:

    probably one of the best movies i’ve seen in awhile. whoever says it sucks is wrong lmao.
    if you haven’t seen the movie yet and not sure its worth it- go and see it. it was beautiful

  3. ADOLFO says:

    No me lo puedo creer, usted critica lo de la canción de JAZMÍN como antes d dl 2016 la cosa sería diferente, pero luego dice que le gusto,como si de un lobby tuviera miedo por no poner lo que ellos quieren…… creo que os equivocáis con esa forma de pensar , la Jazmín original no era una damisela en peligro ella misma de valía por sí sola.

  4. Curing says:

    The jungle book is trash, the only good live action one was beauty and the beast , cinderella was meh, aladdin is total trash 8/10 stars? lmfao

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