A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writers: Guy Ritchie, John August (Screenplay by), Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio (based on Aladdin screenplay by)
Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen
The latest live-action remake to come out of Disney’s pipeline is here and this time it’s Aladdin. Aladdin hasn’t had the smoothest ride to the big screen with casting issues, accusations of colourism and the internet’s reaction to Will Smith as Genie at several points before the film’s release. While this version is unlikely to replace the 1992 animated film as people’s preferred version of the Aladdin story, it is a bit of fun and a solid modernisation of the story.
Plotwise, Aladdin is almost beat for beat the same as the animated version. Street rat Aladdin (Mena Massoud) meets Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) in the markets of Agrabah as she’s sneaked out of the palace and they have an instant connection. Jafar (Marwan Kenzari), the Royal Vizier convinces Aladdin to go into a mysterious cave and retrieve a oil lamp in exchange for enough gold to impress a princess. After ending up trapped in the cave, Aladdin rubs the lamp which releases the Genie (Will Smith) who grants him 3 wishes.