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Aladdin (2019)

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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.

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Guy Ritchie

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John August (screenplay by), Guy Ritchie (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Genie / Mariner
Mena Massoud ... Aladdin
Naomi Scott ... Jasmine
Marwan Kenzari ... Jafar
Navid Negahban ... Sultan
Nasim Pedrad ... Dalia
Billy Magnussen ... Prince Anders
Jordan A. Nash ... Omar (as Jordan Nash)
Taliyah Blair Taliyah Blair ... Lian
Aubrey Lin Aubrey Lin ... Omi
Amir Boutrous ... Jamal
Numan Acar ... Hakim
Omari Bernard Omari Bernard ... Guard #1
Nathaniel Ellul ... Guard #2
Sebastien Torkia Sebastien Torkia ... Guard #3
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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.

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Rated PG for some action/peril | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

24 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Longcross, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$183,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,100,000, 26 May 2019, Wide Release
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2.39 : 1
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Dutch actor Achraf Koutet and American actor George Kosturos had tested for the role of Aladdin before Canadian actor Mena Massoud was cast. See more »

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Genie: O great one who summons me / I stand by my oath: loyalty to wishes three!
[Aladdin stares]
Genie: I'm kidding, watch this...
[sings "Friend Like Me"]
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Initial credits have the cast performing a dance to snippet of "Friend like Me." This is also a callback to the Broadway/live action performance of Aladdin. In which, at the end of the show, the cast come out and then perform an encore of "Friend like Me." Shortly after Robin Williams passed away, the current cast dedicated the encore to Williams/asked the audience to participate. See more »


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Prince Ali
Written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
Performed by Will Smith
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on a magic carpet ride, well
22 May 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Aladdin ... come on down! You are the next participant in Disney's ongoing mission for live-action remakes of their classic films. And rest easy fans, this time the mega-studio has done right by the original. Now that doesn't mean there aren't surprises. How about Guy Ritchie as director? How about a cast of mostly unknowns? How about modernized songs and even a new one sung by Jasmine? And it probably goes without asking, but how about a lot of CGI?

Mena Massoud ("Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan") stars as Aladdin, and he gets to showboat early in the film and flash some parkour skills in the familiar and high-octane chase through the village. Aladdin, of course, is labeled a 'street rat' and 'riff-raff', but he's also charming, handsome, talented as a thief, and quite warm-hearted. He and his pet monkey Abu - or more accurately, partner in crime - are streetwise and work quite well together, both for theft and love.

Naomi Scott (slated to star in the CHARLIE'S ANGELS movie coming out later this year) is a beautiful and ambitious Princess Jasmine, who wants to succeed her father as Sultan of Agrabah, but is instead forced to choose between a steady stream of suitors - each a Prince, as required by law. Ms. Scott has a terrific singing voice and really gets to cut loose on the new woman power song "Speechless".

The blue Genie is played by Will Smith, and this is what has fans of the beloved 1992 animated film so flustered. No, Will Smith is not Robin Williams, and few if any, could match the late great comedian for his energy and comedic flair. But Mr. Smith does a marvelous job of staying true to the original, while also adding his own style ... a style that works very well for comedy, music, and dramatic moments. He is not likely to disappoint anyone who has an open mind.

So let's talk about the villain. Marwan Kenzari is Jafar, the man so dissatisfied with being number 2. Personally, I would have preferred a more intimidating bad guy, but given the tone of the film (more on that below), he's a solid fit. His sidekick and smart-aleck parrot Iago is voiced by Alan Tudyk (it was the distinctive Gilbert Gottfried in the 1992 version). Two other key supporting roles include Nasim Padrad ("Saturday Night Live") as Dalla, Jasmine's handmaiden; and Navid Negahban (Abu Nazir in "Homeland") as the Sultan and Jasmine's father.

It's been 27 years since Robin Williams' Genie entertained so many, and the comparisons to that version are inevitable. It's a relief that Disney opted to keep the film family friendly (Rated PG) and avoid the dark tone that had their recent projects aimed more at adults than kids, rather than the balance they've been known for more than 6 decades. Yes, this is the same director that made SNATCH (2000) and SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009), neither of which any decent parent would allow their young kids to watch. But, Mr. Ritchie has delivered a film which entertained (and didn't overly frighten) kids as young as 5 in the screening I attended.

Director Ritchie co-wrote the script with John August, who is best known for his work with Tim Burton (BIG FISH, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, CORPSE BRIDE, DARK SHADOWS, FRANKENWEENIE). The film runs 2 hours and 8 minutes, 38 longer than the 1992 film ... though it doesn't feel too long. Gemma Jackson's set design of Agrabah, the Palace, and the Cave of Wonders are all stunning, and then of course, there is the music. Alan Menken won an Oscar for ALADDIN (1992) and his music is back and modernized, and sounds wonderful ... especially "A Whole New World" and Jasmine's new song. With a talented cast of Arab/Middle Eastern/Central Asian/Southern Asian actors, there should be no cries of "foul", and there really is something special about a movie that can be thoroughly enjoyed by all ages. The Bollywood-type closing number provides a kaleidoscope of color, texture and dancing ... and is a nice twist to "You've Never Had a Friend Like Me". And I'll leave you with this final offer: you can have the monkey, if I can have the magic carpet.


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