Aladdin is brought to Life and to cinemas near you

A whole new world or what?!

Aladdin is a Disney classic, loved by every generation since its 1992 release. The remake of the Disney original has been met by both excitement and skepticism and people had many questions and doubts after the first few trailers. The recent promo tour kept social media buzzing but now the wait is over as Aladdin is finally in theatres.

The movie keeps the same storyline as the original with a few changes here and there. No need for spoiler alerts we won’t give anything away.

For such a classic movie I am glad that it is not completely “a whole new world.”  No need to repeat the story because we clearly are all familiar with it but we have to mention the new representation of the characters who have now taken human form. Egyptian actor Mena Massoud plays the role of Aladdin and he is not only easy on the eyes but also very likable in character. Naomi Scott who plays Jasmine certainly does justice to the princess and gives her that extra something which was added to the role. She is portrayed as a strong woman who wants to speak and be heard not just sit there and be pretty so the song “Speechless” was introduced. Both actors have great chemistry and the budding romance between Aladdin and Jasmine was beautifully brought to life.

Will Smith’s The Genie was one of the most anticipated things about the new movie since the character was originally voiced by Robin Williams who made it iconic. With big shoes to fill, Will Smith certainly makes the character his own and hits the target delivering a very funny, charismatic, and lovable Genie.

In conclusion, the film is a lot of fun. It is funny, bright, colorful, extravagant, features the main songs like “Arabian Nights,” “Friend Like Me,” “Prince Ali,” and “A Whole New World.” There is the magic carpet and Abu and while the story is very familiar it is also unique in some ways.  So to quote the Genie “It’s nice to be back, ladies and gentlemen.”

This article was written by Rita Elhajj and edited by Elige Abou Youness for Virgin Radio Lebanon and Laughing Might Help. 

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