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ALADDIN

Starring: Naomi Scott, Will Smith and Mena Massoud
Director:  Guy Ritchie
Genre:  Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Running Time 128 Minutes
Rated;  PG
In Cinemas May 23rd

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, ‘Aladdin’ is the exciting tale of the charming Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future in this excellent remake which seems to be coming a  defining a part of the Disney corporation these days.

In1996 a live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians technically kick-started the trend, it didn’t become their greatest cash cow until 2010, when Tim Burton’s reimagining of Alice in Wonderland grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Since then, this model of taking the most iconic animated films from a decades-long library and remaking them in live-action for a new generation has become a veritable money printing machine. In 2017, the remake of Beauty and the Beast overcame ordinary reviews to gross over $1.26 billion worldwide, and is currently the 14th highest grossing film of all-time.

In 2019 alone, Disney will release no fewer than four of these remakes. July it will be the much anticipated remake of The Lion King, and while arguments are still to be had on if such a film technically qualifies as live-action, it’s a film everyone is predicting will make a lot of money..Directed by Guy Ritchie, “Aladdin” seemed like an inevitable choice for the latest live-action remake. The 1992 original was a major hit, becoming the highest grossing film of that year, While films like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast reaffirmed their status as creative icons, “Aladdin” gave them a new comedic edge that appealed to all ages, in large part thanks to the wonderful work of the late Robin Williams as the Genie.

The music is instantly recognisable, the jokes hold up, and thanks to the still-running Broadway musical, the property is more vibrant and popular than ever. In abstract terms, “Aladdin” seemed like another sure fire hit in the making.Naomi Scott as the princess Marwan Kenzari as Jafar , Mena Massoud as Aladdin & Will Smith’s as the Genie all provide energetic performances  and although the CGI could have been better at times it still is impressive.

If you saw the Melbourne production live at Her Majesty’s then this s a really enjoyable remake. If you didn’t, treat yourself to a ticket

Score:  8 Out of 10

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