Despite some problems, live-action Aladdin recaptures the magic of original

A NEW CARPET RIDE. The live-action remake of the classic Aladdin has won over audiences.

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A NEW CARPET RIDE. The live-action remake of the classic “Aladdin” has won over audiences.

Calli Venzon, Staff Writer

The Story

“Aladdin” is a live-action remake of the original Disney cartoon “Aladdin”. The movie came to theaters on May 24, 2019 and was recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray.  This movie was made based on a story from “One Thousand and One Nights”, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales.

The movie begins with Aladdin, a poor “street rat” in the Arabian city Agrabah, stealing bread. He meets Princess Jasmine at the market, and assumes that she is a handmaid. They quickly fall in love.

Aladdin gets recruited by Jafar, an evil vizier to the sultan of Agrabah, to find a treasure in the Cave of Wonders. There, Aladdin meets a genie who grants him three wishes. Will the genie be set free? Will Aladdin use his wishes to be reunited with Jasmine? Will he defeat Jafar?

The Good

This movie is full of laughs, and almost anyone could watch it. “Aladdin” is a wonderful movie and is perfect for the whole family.

Special effects artists must have had a tough time making all the special effects for the genie. Thanks to these effects, the genie’s character is incredibly believable, even when he is a bright shade of blue.

Every character’s costume made them look so much more like their character. The close that Jasmine wore, for example, were perfect to represent a princess.

Jasmine also has a more independent female role. For example, in the original movie, the sultan has to change the rules for Aladdin to marry her. In this new version, Jasmine becomes sultan and makes her own rules.

The Bad

There are a lot of big differences scenes between the original movie and the remake. Jasmine’s character, for example, was a little flat. She didn’t express as much emotion as the original Jasmine.

The actor playing Jafar, on the other hand, almost expressed too much emotion. He didn’t really seem a lot like the smooth liar of the cartoon.

Many “Aladdin” fans thought that the movie would be more grown-up, since all the characters are actually played by real actors. In this regard, the movie was a big disappointment.

The Bottom Line

Despite some problems, “Aladdin” is a great movie for anybody who has never heard the story before. I would not, however, recommend this movie to people that grew up watching the original movie.