Had to see the movie where Will Smith played the genie. :) Wasn't expecting much more than maybe a good time, but it delivered beyond expectation! Good times and more.
Will Smith's great. Not only does it seem like he is ALWAYS great in a movie, but he actually looks like the Genie of old too. Facial features somewhat characteristic... no? Charisma the same? Okay honestly I don't remember all that much from the animated 1992 original at this point, but I do get a sense of déjà vu now looking back.
Maybe I'm just imagining him as the old genie now too though.
The story otherwise is one of life. An Arabic night epic like no other, starring the ragged street thief Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and the beautiful princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), an impossible love, made all the more impossible by the ambitious but also somewhat nefarious and evil Jafar - advisor and second only to The Sultan.
The Sultan loves his daughter, and ever since her mother's death he keeps her trapped within the castle walls, until the day she runs into Aladdin on the street market. AKA souk.
So maybe there's a little little focus on her being trapped there too, as there's a little little focus on the genie being ditto, as there's a little little focus on a perceptible sense of stagnation when it comes to our main character Ali the one and only, and none of the cast members is really the best singer (first Will Smith bit had me hyped for more though), but they do have dance scenes! And flashiness. And desert dunes, impeccable special effects for the most part (carpet ride hmmmm), appreciable magic, exotic ladies (wouldn't have minded even more exotic costumes though), emotional turmoil and a showdown like no other...
It really surpassed my expectations. Aladdin's wish? Had a blast with this. Probably way more so than if I saw the animated version of it from back in the day right after.
Seen a lot of hate - or at least memery - regarding Will Smith's role but... you know what? He fits perfectly.
Like a genie in a bottle.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle