Hey, guys! I recently returned trang chủ from the new Aladdin và cây đèn thần movie, and I have to say it was a lot of fun! Now that I’ve seen this movie, I’m going to give bạn my full review. However, before I get into this, I should inform bạn that while I do really like the animated version, I would not consider it to be one of my yêu thích Disney movies, and this wasn’t a movie I ‘grew up with’ and watched all of the time. I was also quite excited since seeing the first teaser trailer and thought that it looked pretty great from what I had seen from it. So if bạn are a massive người hâm mộ of the animated version and have strong nostalgia feelings toward it, understand that all of these opinions of mine might be quite different from yours. Also, bạn should know that there will be spoilers. However, if bạn want to read this review, haven’t seen the film yet but want to avoid spoilers, I’ll give bạn a pre-warning when I’m about to talk about one of them and when it’s over. But anyway, enough with the intro. Let’s get into the movie itself!!! Visuals/Costumes:
In the past, the Disney live-action remakes, for the most part, have had some great visuals and costumes, and this one is no exception. In particular, I liked all of the outfits that they gave to hoa nhài in this film and was glad that they were thêm covered up compared to her animated counterpart (same goes for Aladdin’s ‘street rat’ costume). My personal các sở thích were the màu hồng, hồng dress that she wore when she was meeting Prince Anders (loved how it sparkled in the movie when she was coming down the stairs), what was supposed to be her blue outfit from the 1992 film (favorite parts of it were the hair accessories and the peacock feather details) and her finale dress. Jafar also had some pretty great costumes throughout the film, and I enjoyed his two costume changes when he went from vizier to Sultan to sorcerer (along with how a snake came from under the ngôi vua, ngai vàng to become his new staff). I also liked how the palace, streets of Agrabah and all of the musical numbers looked (I’ll talk thêm about that when I get to the song section). However, while this film does have some pretty great visuals, they aren’t always perfect. First of all, while I did like all of the treasure that was shown in the Cave of Wonders and that the lamp was in the same area as everything else rather than having its own separate room that also inconveniently had a giant ruby on display, I wish that the background was less blue and not as dark. Speaking of everything in the Cave of Wonders, I feel like the CGI for the magic carpet wasn’t the best and was probably some of the worst CGI in the film. The last critique for the visuals is the ends of the earth that comes near the climax of the movie. When Aladdin và cây đèn thần is just walking around trying to find Abu, it looks kind of weird, in my opinion, and it seemed like the characters didn’t look like they were actually there. But even with those problems, that doesn’t stop this remake from having stunning visuals throughout. Characters and Performances:
When creating a new version of a famous Disney movie with well-known characters that many generations know of, bạn need to choose the right actors to bring them to life on the big-screen. So did they succeed? Well, for the most part. Aladdin:
I found it kind of interesting how he was thêm awkward in this version while his animated counterpart seemed thêm smooth talking (when he was meeting the Sultan in the new version it kind of reminded me of something that would happen to Hiccup from the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise in his younger years). This also might just be me, but it seemed like the young ladies were thêm attracted to him in both of his identities, which I also thought was also kind interesting. I did like that we were able to see that he wanted to tell hoa nhài and her father the truth before the Sultan told him what would happen after the marriage and the addition of the một giây ‘One Jump Ahead’ reprise, which I’ll talk thêm about when I get to the song category. I also liked how the fact he was a pickpocketer, which I’ll talk about thêm later. I tổng thể enjoyed the tiêu đề character and thought that Mena Massoud was a great choice to portray the handsome and kind-hearted đường phố, street con chuột (LOL he might be becoming my new celebrity crush). Jasmine:
I think it would be pretty hard to talk about things I liked thêm in this version without bringing up Jasmine. I admired her desire to rule Agrabah because she believed that she could make it a better place and how she was thêm prominent during Prince Ali’s entrance and when he was introducing himself to her father. I was also happy that hoa nhài wasn’t yelling at Aladdin và cây đèn thần when she found out the truth, especially because she lied to him about her identity in the marketplace. I also enjoyed how she had thêm screen time and had a new song. One of my yêu thích moments with her however might have been (SPOILERS FOR ENDING) after Jafar becomes Sultan, she gives a speech to Hakim (one of the palace guards) telling him that he could either serve the new Sultan and watch Agrabah be destroyed hoặc stand with the citizens of Agrabah (END OF SPOILERS FOR NOW). Of the changes made to the live-action remake, Jasmine’s character was one of my favorites. Genie:
Of course, along with Aladdin và cây đèn thần and Jasmine, bạn can’t get away with talking about the tale of Aladdin và cây đèn thần without bringing up the Genie. In the 1992 film, the best way to describe the Genie is Robin Williams playing Robin Williams as a genie, and it seems like the new movie is following in a similar fashion where the Genie is pretty much Will Smith being Will Smith as a genie. While I wouldn’t say that the new Genie is as funny as the original, Will Smith was still an enjoyable genie. I assume it’s also an toàn, két an toàn to say that it was best to take the Genie in this direction. Something else that I liked in this version was that when Genie was free at the end, (SPOILERS) rather than staying a genie, he became a human (END OF SPOILERS FOR NOW). I also enjoyed the addition of the line he tells Aladdin và cây đèn thần at the dance,’ I made bạn look like a prince on the outside, but I didn’t change anything on the inside. Prince Ali got bạn to the door, but Aladdin và cây đèn thần has to open it.’ Jafar:
So now that we’ve talked about the three main good guys in this movie (all of which were very well cast in my opinion), we di chuyển to the element I am most mixed about when it comes to this movie, Jafar. Like most people, I assume, I wish that he was less monotone and thêm menacing (I also would have preferred that he looked a little older compared to Aladdin và cây đèn thần and Jasmine). However, when it comes to him written-wise, I tình yêu how they gave him a backstory. This reveals that (SPOILERS FOR JAFAR’S BACKSTORY) he spent five years in jail in Shirabad (which is the country that Jasmine’s mother came from) and was once a common thief that had and still can pickpocket (like Aladdin và cây đèn thần and END OF SPOILERS FOR NOW). I also liked how his betrayal at the Cave of Wonders went, that he attempted to hypnotize Aladdin và cây đèn thần when he was Prince Ali, and he was the one that tossed Aladdin và cây đèn thần into the sea. I also found it pretty neat how they were trying to make Jafar seem like what Aladdin và cây đèn thần could become if he weren’t careful. Dalia:
Along with the characters that appeared in the original, we were được trao someone new to the main bunch, Dalia, who is Jasmine’s handmaiden and human friend. I personally really liked Dalia, thought she was quite enjoyable and glad that they gave this movie another named female character. I also really enjoyed her scenes with hoa nhài and their relationship with each other and my yêu thích moment with her was after Aladdin và cây đèn thần had snuck into the palace still believing that hoa nhài was the handmaiden, so she and Dalia had to pretend to be each other. Sidekicks:
Similar to the Genie, bạn can’t really have a Disney version of Aladdin và cây đèn thần without the animal sidekicks, Iago, Abu and Rajah, and the magic carpet. Overall, my opinion on them ranges depending on who you’re talking about. While Iago definitely was one of the most significant downgrades in the film, Abu keeps a decent bit of his charm from the animated movie. I particularly liked when Genie các câu hỏi him about Aladdin và cây đèn thần and Jasmine’s relationship and how he helped save Aladdin’s life when Jafar tried to drown him. Similar things can be đã đưa ý kiến about the carpet where it also has some pretty enjoyable moments and keeps the charm from the animated movie (I found it quite funny how it made the Lọ lem lâu đài out of sand once it, Aladdin, Genie, and Abu were out of the Cave of Wonders). As for Jasmine’s pet tiger, Rajah, he ranges thêm in the middle where he wasn’t as good as the carpet and Abu, but he was better than Iago. He was still a good tiger, and I really liked his interactions with Aladdin và cây đèn thần whether he was a đường phố, street con chuột hoặc a prince. Songs:
Similar to the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, they kept all of the songs from the animated classic while adding some new ones to the mix. We open with a mariner and his family on a thuyền that ultimately leads us into ‘Arabian Nights’ which I think sounded and looked great. So far, so good for the movie. After meeting Aladdin, Abu, and hoa nhài in disguise, they are chased bởi some of the guards and after doing some pretty impressive and mildly intense action moves in an ally (at least according to my older sister) Aladdin và cây đèn thần begins ‘One Jump Ahead.’ In my opinion, this was another fun musical number that also sounded great, and I think it did an excellent job of having hoa nhài be a part of it. I liked the mini scene after the line ‘Otherwise we’d get along,’ where Aladdin và cây đèn thần and hoa nhài need to jump from one building to another (particularly when hoa nhài lands on hàng đầu, đầu trang of him after letting go of the pole and he compliments her). tiếp theo up is the first reprise of ‘OJA.’ This (along with the một giây reprise) is definitely where Mena Massoud’s vocals are the weakest but I definitely wouldn’t call it bad bởi any means.
Now we di chuyển to the first part of the new song written for this movie, ‘Speechless.’ Like I mentioned earlier, I was happy that they gave hoa nhài her own solo song, especially since the only times she sang in the animated movie was during ‘A Whole New World.’ I feel like this gave her character thêm depth and is an excellent lead up to the một giây part, which I’ll talk thêm about later. The tiếp theo day, while Aladdin và cây đèn thần is now trapped with only a magic carpet, his monkey friend and a giant blue genie that he had just awaken. Trying to explain to Aladdin và cây đèn thần about who he is, the Genie turns Abu into a ‘one-monkey band’ as bạn could probably call it and sings a couple of lines from ‘Friend Like Me’ and that’s all. For now. Don’t worry for those of bạn who tình yêu this song, he does a full version of this afterward that ends with a pretty fun bit of dialogue after it’s over. “How does it work?” “The whole song was the instructions! Apparently, bạn can’t dance and listen at the same time.” However, this is only one of two fun Genie songs in this film. After turning Aladdin và cây đèn thần into Prince Ali, he also creates an entire entourage for his master and leads them into Agrabah and a grand musical number introducing Prince Ali of Ababwa. I loved all of the bright màu sắc that were shown in this scene and liked all of the girls that were dying to be noticed bởi the new prince. Also, something else about the character of Prince Ali that I liked is how they address that Ababwa is where he comes from and not his last name (at least that’s what Ababwa sounds like it’s supposed to be in the animated version in my opinion). Now we come up to what is arguably the most được ưa chuộng song from the renaissance film, the romantic duet between Aladdin và cây đèn thần and Jasmine, ‘A Whole New World.’ While I wouldn’t say that vocals hoặc visuals were as good as the ones from the animated movie, I loved this scene and thought that Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott sounded great here (some of the first lines from Aladdin và cây đèn thần in the remake kind of resembled his animated counterpart’s opening lines from this song in my opinion). I also thought it was so cute how after the song when they’re watching the people celebrate Jasmine’s shoulders were being covered bởi Aladdin’s/Ali’s jacket. We now come across a new additional reprise of ’OJA’ which happens after the argument between Aladdin và cây đèn thần and Genie. Aladdin và cây đèn thần and Abu go back to their old trang chủ in the marketplace where Aladdin và cây đèn thần re realizes that he has to tell the truth about his identity to hoa nhài and the Sultan even if it means that he has to go back to living as a đường phố, street con chuột which I thought was a nice addition. Finally, we come to the final song in the movie, the một giây part of ’Speechless.’ I loved the build-up to the song where hoa nhài is feeling defeated bởi Jafar and is told to be taken away bởi the guards. Naomi Scott sounds fantastic here, and I like how it leads to the speech she gives when the song is over. All in all, the songs here were tremendous and definitely lived up to its animated predecessor. Miscellaneous:
Okay, now this is the part where I talk about different parts of the film that I liked hoặc disliked but felt like they didn’t fit in with the other categories. So, let’s get into it. I loved how they talked about Jasmine’s mother thêm and how hoa nhài wanted to make Agrabah the way it was before she was killed. The little joke with the ’make me a prince’ scene was a brilliant way of foreshadowing for later events in the film. Finally, I loved how (SPOILERS) they connected the narrator that we see at the beginning of the movie with the Genie thêm (END OF SPOILERS). Final Thoughts and Recommendation:
I hope that at least some of bạn are still here now because if bạn are, congratulations! bạn made it through the first review that I đã đăng here that was probably thêm than six pages long. Anyway, overall, I enjoyed watching this film and have thêm that I would like to talk about, but this has already gone on long enough. However, if bạn have a câu hỏi about my opinion on this movie that bạn didn’t think was answered in the review, feel free to leave me a bình luận on this review hoặc my thông tin các nhân page. As for my recommendations, I would say see it if bạn want to and skip it if you're uninterested because of my knowledge of how these live-action remakes can get such mixed reviews when it comes from person to person. But if you’re unsure about whether to see it hoặc not, I would recommend this to those who are in the mood for a romantic comedy with a good bit of action and music. Anyway, those are my thoughts, and I might see bạn if I ever want to write another bài viết after the intense and somewhat tricky work that was put into this.
This was actually one of the pages I was using to take notes on after the movie was over. Pretty hard to write in the dark.