First thing’s first, I’m sorry I’ve been away for a while, but I’ve had a nasty flu that hasn’t quite left me alone yet so I’m really struggling today. But you know what helped me feel a bit better, a new trailer for the upcoming live-action Aladdin movie from director Guy Ritchie.
While I’m not much of a Disney aficionado, Aladdin was a huge movie for me when I was a kid. I memorized the songs, I played the awesome Sega game and I even started watching Robin Williams’ stand-up routines…wow, were those a bit of a shock to me. Anyway, when I heard that there was going to be a live action remake of Aladdin, I really wasn’t that inspired to look into it much. I kind of figured that it would be okay. Disney has been making feature films since 1937 so I figure they know what they’re doing by now. But with the premiere of this latest “special look” trailer we got last night, I am now very much looking forward to seeing this film.
Six seconds in and we get a nice shot of a band of travelers apparently making their way to the Cave of Wonders in search of the lamp. While the preceding seconds before this shot showed off Iago flying high above the streets of Agrabah, I omitted it here because every screenshot I grabbed of it looked very muddled and dark. Probably not the movies fault though.
Next we see our first look at Marwan Kenzari as the villainous Jafar. Honestly, I was and still am very nervous bout seeing how Jafar is portrayed on the big screen in live action. Mostly because Jafar is such an animated character, due to his body language and facial gestures that I am hoping a live action rendition can capture the same slimy, venomous portrayal. I will say that the production has completely nailed Jafar’s look though.
I don’t care how poor I am, there is no way I’m walking in there.
Here’s our first look at Mena Massoud as Aladdin. This Canadian-raised actor was last seen in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan…which I hear is pretty good. As always, Aladdin is seen here with Abu, his trusted buddy in poverty. Again, I’m very curious to see how Abu’s cartoonish ways are portrayed in a live action film. Much like Jafar, Abu is such an animated personality you have to wonder if that will transfer over seamlessly to live action without seeming silly.
Here is a much clearer shot of Agrabah at thirty three seconds in. HOnestly, this place looks crazy in the best way. Plus…Iago! No word yet if Gilbert Gottfried will make a cameo.
Holy crap, the Prince Ali song. I am so stoked to see how they tackle this in live action. Looking back at the animated version and seeing just how many “cameos” the genie had acting as several people in the crowd was hilarious. If this version is half as good as what was done in 90’s I’ll be happy.
Actress Naomi Scott has come a long way since Power Rangers. She is truly stunning as Princess Jasmine. I was at a loss for words when I first saw her and then I noticed that she still has a pet tiger and that will always be badass.
Okay so here’s the whole “Do you trust me?” scene and I just hope that the chemistry between Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott is on point because their relationship is kinda the whole point of this movie. Just saying.
Abu just had to touch something, right?
So Aladdin finally gets to the lamp but how is no one talking about the magic carpet back there!? Right there, seven foot tall carpet just walking around.
And then at fifty one seconds in we finally hear the first words of what is arguably the biggest question mark of this film. The Genie played by Will Smith is…well, he is JACKED!
As much as I love Robin Willaims’ portrayal of the Genie, I cannot wait to see how Smith will make this character his own. One thing is for certain, Disney is going all in on making this Genie his own person and seemingly not just telling Will Smith to just do what Robin did.
Aladdin will hit theaters on May 24th, 2019.