So I have to say, I was never a fan of this initiative of Disney’s to make live-action adaptations of their animated classics. I mean, I hear some of them are quite good… but definitely never had an interest to check them out.
That disposition definitely didn’t change when they announced an adaptation of ALADDIN, one of my favorite Disney movies. Regardless of the quality of the previous adaptations, for me, this would definitely be a high bar to clear, ESPECIALLY when it came to casting The Genie.
And I have to say, when EW published pics, definitely didn’t help the argument to give it a chance. Even though the teaser didn’t give us much, we finally got a trailer… and safe to say, this looks AWFUL.
Don’t believe me? Check it out below.
A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim.
Much like when STAR WARS fans talk about the prequels, and how they just felt wrong from the opening scroll… definitely got the same feeling here. This whole thing feels wrong. And Will Smith as The Genie? Without a doubt misses the mark of the impression the late Robin Williams left.
This one is definitely a pass for me.
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ALADDIN opens on May 24th.