Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine, respectively. Aladdin holds a 56 per cent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus being, “Aladdin retells its classic source material’s story with sufficient spectacle and skill, even if it never approaches the dazzling splendor of the animated original.”
The Indian Express film critic Shalini Langer gave the film two-and-a-half stars. However, if this genie means we may have this Smith around for a while more, bring it on,” she added. As the genie who can grant your any wish, he is the Smith of old, wacky, smooth and just having fun. The movie also stars Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad and Billy Magnussen. She wrote, “It’s a decent enough effort, with Masooud as Aladdin and Scott as Jasmine matching up well for this fairytale in which a princess falls in love with a pauper and his monkey. Aladdin has divided critics. The movie was also criticised for lack of originality and being overlong. The talented Kenzari though is perhaps too mild for the menacing Jafar, though since we are in the times we are, there is a suggestion of him being a victim of circumstances that leave power concentrated in the hands of people who are born right.”
“It is the magic carpet and Smith who steal the show. The film brings out the fireworks and the drums when he is around. It tends to get a bit too much at times, with these the only scenes where Ritchie, more known for his action-driven crime films, letting himself go. Scott, who is of half Indian origin, is striking in her princess clothes inspired by Indian wear in vibrant colours, while Aladdin and his pet Abu make a friendly pair. 0
Comment(s) Some of the criticism went towards the computer-generated Genie, a character that was made iconic by Robin Williams in the original 1992 film.