Aladdin (2019)

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Aladdin is the story of an orphaned thief who finds a magic lamp and uses its power to win over the princess of Agrabah, while trying to keep it out of the hands of those who want to use its power for evil.

The movie actually begins as a frame story with Will Smith as the narrator, which was interesting and fun. Smith’s performance as the genie was hilarious. It’s not easy to fill the giant shoes left behind by Robin Williams, but he made it look easy.

Naomi Scott was excellent as Jasmine. They really fleshed out the character too. She had her own song called “Speechless”. She was a strong character in the original 1992 movie, but giving her a song to sing on her own made her stronger.

However, this movie was also somewhat disappointing. During the some of the magic carpet scenes (particularly “A Whole New World”), it was noticeable that they were in front of a green screen. The audience isn’t supposed to be able to notice something like that. It was hard to focus on the movie after that because it took the audience out of the story. Computer Generated Imaging is usually seamless. Why did Disney have trouble with it this time?

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