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�It�s Jasmine, not Aladdin.�


Production : Walt Disney Pictures, Rideback
Distributor : Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Director : Guy Ritchie
Casts : Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen
Duration : 128 minutes

The film based on 1992 animated film with the same name Aladdin. The live-action film stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Will Smith as Genie, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Alan Menken took the Music�s chair and as usual, does a remarkable job to do so. With original songs such as �A Whole New World�, �Prince Ali�, �Arabian Nights�, �Friend Like Me�, �One Jump Ahead� and a mighty new track sing amazingly by Naomi Scott and written by La La Land�s Benj Hasek and Justin Paul the song �Speechless� shall be the new anthem for all women and don�t forget Zayn featuring Zhavia�s version of A Whole New World at the credit title. Guy Ritchie took the director�s seat and proved that he could direct a Disney film nicely.

The film has received much criticism even on the process making it from choosing Ritchie as the director and the choice of the lead actress and actors. Moreover, the criticism continues when they showed the first trailer of Will Smith playing as the legendary Genie first played/voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 film. In the first trailer, Smith is weird, awkward, and unbearable to watch. However, everything goes to light when the second trailer or the final trailer is out. New hope begins that the film will satisfy your imagination and your childhood fantasy. The film nailed to changed a bad expectations to a good one.

Which is, in reality, somewhat true. The beginning of the film which connected to the end of the film is a nice touch. However, the flow of the film is dull and unattractive at some point but the film always able to lighten up and make the audience still come back to their seats.. The CGI looks fine and not something worth to complain of despite many critics saying it is not �smooth� enough. With little hopes of Will Smith's portrait of Genie, Smith�s nailed to play Genie. He is funny and able to bring color to the film and surprisingly loveable.

Applause for Disney for making the character of Princess Jasmine as strong-willed, ambitious, and a leader that she is.Which, taught the young kids that they could be like that too, in all terms a good role model for the children. One significant point to add, Jasmine, is more centered in this live-action version rather than the one in the animated wherein the animated Aladdin is the centre, and in this live-action adaptation, Jasmine took the spotlight that caught the audience�s eyes from beginning till the end. Bluntly, Mena Massoud didn�t 100% nailed the character; he is not loveable and not enough screen presence to capture the audience's heart. On the other side, Scott nailed to bring Jasmine to life. Scott save Aladdin and Aladdin without Jasmine is not worth to watch.

Point: 80


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