Aladdin (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Aladdin (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Aladdin is the latest of Disney’s attempts to remake its entire animated back catalogue into live action.   Out of all of its films this is probably the one that should lend itself best to stepping out of cell animation into real life.    And for the most part it works okay, with director Richie delivering a colourful, fun retelling.  Where the film falls short is with its cast.  Well at least a weak Jafar and a genie that can’t hit the considerable highs of Robin Williams iconic performance.  It’s not Smiths fault – he tries – but it’s like following Elvis in Vegas in his hay-day… singing the same songs.  You may be able to hit the notes but you will never beat the performance.  So it passes the time but falls somewhat short of Cinderella and the Lion King in the remake department.

Best Bit: A whole New World…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Lion King (2019), Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016)

 


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Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Dora and the Lost City of Gold walks a very fine line between entertaining the kids that would have more than a passing knowledge of the TV show and entertaining everyone else (kids and parents alike).  And surprisingly it does it really well, riffing on The Goonies, Indiana Jones and many others along the way.  The cast are obviously having fun and dora herself is endearing.  The fish out of water stuff is funny and the jungle scenes exactly what you would want.   In short: Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a fun action film, an entertaining kids films and a something that more than passes the time.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: The sly opening scenes

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Goonies, Raiders of The Lost Arc, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle 

 


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