Disney’s 2019 live action adaptation of Aladdin brought unexpected highs, some lows sprinkled in with some meh. Our biggest fear going into this film ended up being its saving grace Will Smith brought HIS genie to life with confidence and experience. He completely owned this adaptation and it never felt like a slight against the late great Robin Williams.
The first act struggled to find its footing with the less experienced actors however the lead, Mene Massoud as Aladdin, had natural charisma that played well over the amazing set pieces. The strongest of the three main leads was by far Naomi Scott she was able to carry herself as well as scenes with her less experienced counterparts. Unfortunately Marwan Kenzari’s portrayal of Jafar felt stiff and was presented as a winey adolescent rather than an intimidating and conniving villain.
With the CGI being a minor distraction, acutely bloated runtime and with some of the original charm missing, the film still manages to be a fun addition to the Disney’s live action adaptations. However this one proves if there’s a “Will” (Smith) there’s a way.