Movie Review: Aladdin (2019)

Following the watching of The Lion King 2019 remake movie, I watched another remake of the popular and well-loved Disney classic, Aladdin!  The original animated Aladdin was released in 1992 and remains popular to this day.

The last time I watched Aladdin was in my childhood, which was more than 20 years ago.  While I don’t remember all of the details in each scene, the main premise of the plot is something I won’t forget.  During one Christmas, my aunt also lovingly gifted me a hardcover pack of the Aladdin chapter books which I remember reading over and over again in my youth during the summer (oh, those happy carefree book-reading summers).

I really enjoyed this new live-action adaptation of Aladdin.  The escape and dance scenes were spectacular with so much detail to the moves.  How did they make Rajah the tiger look so real?  (I think they actually computer-animated Rajah the tiger to have more facial expressions than any of the characters in the CGI version of The Lion King — that’s kind of sad for The Lion King remake movie when you think about it.)

This movie was such a great and refreshing remake of the original.  The magic carpet was a dream to watch.  The Genie performed by Will Smith was amazing, especially with all of the computer-animated effects too.  It was SO good and so well done.

The Cave of Wonders was not as sparkly as in the animated version.  I’ll never forget when Al walked into that cave and how the cave was SO sparkly with jewels and gold everywhere.  In the real life version, I can imagine how it would be so difficult to recreate all those shiny gold and jewels.

Jafar’s parrot Iago was amazing.  How did they train a parrot to voice the lines so well and effectively?  The parrot was easily one of my favourite parts of the movie.  Hmm, nevermind, Iago was a figment of CGI.

When Jafar transformed into a demonic sorcerer, I was expecting him to look more dangerous and menacing.  I still remember in the animated version how defeated the Genie looked when Jafar wished to have more power.  I think Will Smith did as best of a job he could to recreate the animated Genie’s big personality and magical prowess.

Al’s monkey Abu was cute and did a good job too in the scenes.

I liked the strong feminist undertones in the movie (with the Sultan allowing Jasmine to become the first female sultan, breaking 1,000 years of history, and Jasmine’s strong sense of self too).  It’s really fitting since we’re talking about a movie released in 2019.  The romance between the handmaid Dahlia and the Genie was a new interesting part to the plot.

Basically, it was a very colourful (visually stunning) movie and fun to watch.  The producers and actors did a really good job! 😀

(By the way, since origin movies are such fun to watch [Joker was amazing], movie studios should consider making the origin story of Jafar and Scar from The Lion King.  Just saying.  It would be so cool to see how these characters ended up the way they are.)

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About stenoodie

I'm a stenographer, foodie, and avid traveller just trying to find her place in the world.
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