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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Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…