disclaimer there are spoilers ahead!
May 24th 2019 marked the opening weekend for the live-action version of Aladdin.
Join familiar characters such as Genie and new character such as Jasmine's handmaiden Dahlia, as we return to Agrabah.
First I will give a brief synopsis of the Aladdin story. Then I will highlight what I enjoyed about the new film adaptation. Finally i will compare the live action version to the animated film.
Aladdin is story of a young man and how he changes his destiny. Due to help from his monkey Abu, Aladdin possess the lamp and its genie. Genie makes Aladdin into a prince so he can marry Princess Jasmine, who he saved earlier in the marketplace. Their love is thwarted by Jafar the evil grand visir and his pet parrot Iago. Jafar is turned into a genie and sent to the Cave of Wonders. Genie is freed by Aladdin. Jasmine's father the Sultan changes the law so that she and Aladdin can marry. Other supporting characters include the tiger Rajah, Jasmine's best friend, and a magic carpet that can fly, named Carpet.
Now that you are caught up on the story, here is what I enjoyed about the live action version. The movie was visually stunning according to critics and I have to agree. From the background and the costumes to the use of flower petals is was a treat. Jasmine this is her movie with the new musical number and anthem called "Speechless". Will Smith as the genie was so fun! The only thing I did not enjoy was Iago as he was much funnier in the animated version. Jafar also was quite scary but as a villian this was fitting for his character. I loved this film! I cant wait to see it again!
Aladdin as an animated film premiere in November of 1992. It started the late and great comedic actor, Robin William's, as the genie. Will Smith did an excellent job as the genie, but in the hearts of our generation, Robin William's will always be our genie. In the animated film, the lyrics to the songs differ slightly than the live action version. Iago, Jafars parrot, was much funnier in the animated film. In the live action adaptation, the genie falls in love with Jasmine's handmaiden Dahlia. I liked this touch of romance and plot.
The true question is this: Does the story stand the test of time? The answer, for this reviewer is a resounding Yes!
Both films are a treat for children of ages and are sure to delight! So, head on over to your local theater and revisit Agrabah with Disney's Aladdin!