Aladdin (2019) is the adaptation of the animated film of the same name, originally released in 1992, which is inspired in a tale from One Thousand and One Nights and the movie The Thief of Baghdad.
The film was directed by Guy Ritchie and features the performances of Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith, among others. It tells the story of a young man named Aladdin and his encounter with the genie of a magic lamp who promises to fulfill three wishes for him.
As usual in the Disney remakes, it is hard to find details that make them stand out in front of the animated films on which they are based. On this occasion, the Aladdin remake had to find ways to reach a duration of 128 minutes compared to the original, of 90 minutes, so it includes many scenes that don’t add much value to the story.
One of the most criticized features of the film was the recreation of the genie, played by Will Smith, however, his performance was one of the things that made the film dynamic and entertaining. With quite average performances, the soundtrack is the strongest point of the film, although the numbers are almost the same as in the original, with the exception of a couple of adaptations and new songs.
Although Aladdin makes an effort to approach the story from a fresh point of view, the film becomes only a new way to introduce recent generations to the 1992 animation. We hope that Disney will achieve better creative results in its next adaptations, like in Dumbo (2019), directed by Tim Burton.