It’s been 27 years since Aladdin captured the heart of many; the story of a poor boy trying to win the heart of Jasmine, Princess of Agrabah, with help from a magical genie. This film is the latest in a slew of live action Disney remakes, and Guy Ritchie at the helm assures it stands up to the 1992 animated film.
Playing Aladdin is Hollywood newcomer Canadian actor, Mena Masood. British actor and Disney Channel staple Naomi Scott and Fresh Prince superstar Will Smith fill out the cast as Jasmine and the Genie respectively.
Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin retreads much of the same ground as the original animated film: the cast mirror the animations in mannerisms and appearance. Will Smith does not fail to deliver a performance on par with the late Robin Williams; quirky, funny, and irreverent. The cast is, to its credit, very diverse; with most actors hailing from the Middle East or Asia and orientalist elements are blended in the film to show something quite beautiful. Markets selling spices, colourful clothing and elegant architecture: Aladdin really emphasizes some hidden cultures of the Middle East overlooked in the current media landscape. Most notably, CGI graphics through the film create a highly detailed fictional world. Rendering a magical world into reality, making Agrabah and all its beauty (magical carpet rides, Genies in lamps) into something that is almost tangible.