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“Aladdin” a Mother’s Comments






Comments by Susan Phillips

Disney did an excellent job bringing the story of Aladdin to the big screen in this live action version. It’s the tale of a street thief who grew up as an orphan; a Princess who must marry so that a man is the ruler of her country although she would rather become the ruler herself; her father, the Sultan who is kind but out of touch with his people; the greedy second in command, who wants to rule the kingdom and more; and the Genie, who will grant the person who rubs the lamp just 3 wishes.

Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scoot) is not aloud outside of her castle because of her father’s fear his only child will be hurt. In her hope to learn more about the people of her kingdom she sneaks out to the city where she meets a street thief, Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and his monkey Abu. Jasmine tells Aladdin she is the princess’s hand maid, and the two have an instant connection.

Mena Massoud as Aladdin in Disney’s ALADDIN

The Princess’s father, the Sultan (Navid Negahban), is trying to find the right suitor for his daughter to marry to take his role as Sultan. The Sultan’s second in command, Jafar (Marwan Kenzari), wants to rule the kingdom but hides his greed for power. Jafar knows he can get this power from the Genie locked in a lamp which can only be found deep inside the Cave Of Wonders. He recognizes Aladdin’s abilities as a thief and gets Aladdin and Abu to retrieve the lamp for him. In a turn of events, Aladdin ends up with the lamp and unlocks the Genie (Will Smith), who grants Aladdin 3 wishes.

Nasim Pedrad and Naomi Scott in Disney’s ALADDIN

Director Guy Ritchie, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John August, made sure this movie will be enjoyable for everyone. The scenery of the city and the Cave Of Wonders is amazing. The choreography of the stunts was so well done, it brought the entertainment factor up a notch.

The costumes were stunning. The songs are pleasantly familiar with a few new ones as well. The story keeps moving along since there is a lot to tell in this 2 hour 8 minute film. For those who may doubt Will Smith as the right choice to play the role of Genie, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised. He brought the right amount of charisma and charm, and the animators did a nice job of making him genie-like.

I thoroughly enjoyed this move and give it a 5 star rating. It’s sure to be a summer hit for the kids and the entire family. Check out the enchanting clip from Disney below.



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