Disney's Gamble On The Live-Action Aladdin Was Well Played

This movie is Disney's best yet

Terri Lee-Sylvester
May 24, 2019 - 3:06 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The animated version of Aladdin is a movie that's loved by millions of people the world over.  So, Disney took a huge gamble taking one of its most popular and classic films and turning it into a live action version.  But, it's a gamble that was well played.

In this updated version, Will Smith is cast in the role of the Genie.  And he does an absolutely wonderful job singing -- and, of course, rapping -- and dancing ... and being serious ... and you know he has to be funny.  I think he was the perfect choice to take on this role, which was performed to perfection by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated version.

The role of Aladdin went to Egyptian-born actor Mena Massoud, who was chosen as part of a nationwide search, in which over 2,000 actors auditioned.  Actress Naomi Scott stars as Jasmine.  A character new to this version is Jasmine's handmaid, Dalia.

The story surrounding Jasmine has been changed a bit to fit in with the current times, but nothing about this movie has been changed so much that viewers won't be able to relate to it.

A character new to this version of the story is Jasmine's handmaid, Dalia.  And, of course, there's the evil villain, Jafar, portrayed by actor Marwan Kenzari.  Every member of the talented cast contributes to this absolutely wonderful movie that's perfect for the entire family.  But, on top of that, just wait until you get a look at the special effects!  I'm still in awe of it all!  In fact, I enjoyed this movie so much that I'm ranking it as Disney's best yet!

Aladdin is rated PG and is directed by Guy Ritchie.  The screenplay was written by Ritchie and John August.

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