I’m back in town, friends! I was planning to write a review/fangirl of Aladdin last Friday, but unfortunately other (exciting) deadlines got in the way. However, it didn’t stop me for long! I’m here and I’m ready to flail over this movie foreverrr. (The three Rs are necessary to show how committed I truly am. 😆)
I’d been sooo looking forward to the live action of Aladdin ever since I heard that it was being made, so I had huge expectations for this movie. And I can honestly say that it completely lived up to all my hopes!
In other words, brace yourself because I have full knowledge that this blog post will be a lot of squealing. 😛
Okay so I’m a (part-time) music nerd and I reeaaally like the music from the original. Needless to say, my bar was pretty high.
And the music blew. me. away.
I’m so happy they kept it a musical, and I can honestly say that I love all the new versions of the good old songs even more than the originals. (*gasp*)
I also may or may not have sung in the cinema. I was trying so hard to resist, but then A Whole New World started, and I couldn’t. So I sang really quietly and hoped no one heard me. 😂 Worth it.
And Jasmine’s new song, Speechless!! Give me all the confetti hearts because I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It’s so beautiful in so many ways. I love how close it is to the character’s heart, and how perfectly it fits the new Jasmine. I also love it just as a song too.
Even just the soundtrack side of the music was incredible. It fit the culture and set the scene so well. 😍
This movie is so visually beautiful! The colours! The vibrance! It’s just so stunning it actually took my breath away. The culture is so real, and each cast member is perfect for their role, I loved it.
Every scene has so much to squeal about even just in the beauty of the actual movie, not even going into the story itself. The city of Agrabah is gorgeous, and the outfits, and basically the whole thing is so amazing.
All the characters got a little revamp, but especially Princess Jasmine. Even though I loved the original movie, I adore what they did with this one.
There’s this one scene right at the beginning of the movie (it’s in the trailers too, I think) where Aladdin is running away from soldiers, and I loved it so much. In a glimpse it gave a perfect look at why I like Aladdin’s character so much: he’s so carefree and mischievous that he enjoys the challenge of running away from the soldiers, but at the same time he’s so caring that he’ll give the only food he has to a young street urchin.
Jasmine’s changes were certainly the most noticeable, but I think they just developed from the old Jasmine and made her a really amazing character. She doesn’t want to hide behind the walls of her palace, she wants to go out and see the people of Agrabah—the people she loves. She wants to be their leader, like she was born to be. I really loved this new version of her character.
I also want a moment for Dalia, the new character, because I loved her so much! She’s so real and relatable. I love her sister-like relationship with Jasmine!
And following on fro that…The genie was also so good! There’s so much to love about his character, and I loved seeing his and Aladdin’s friendship develop all over again, as well as other relationships. 😏
I thought about this for a long time, and I honestly couldn’t think of anything that I didn’t like.
The only possible thing I could think of (and this is grasping at straws), is that the beginning scene in the Agrabah marketplace could be a little confusing for someone who hasn’t seen the original movie. It starts in the middle of everything, and if you don’t know what to look for, you could miss Aladdin and/or Jasmine for half a minute amid all the colours and chaos.
Other Things I Loved
I know, I know, I loved the whole movie, but I have to specially acknowledge a couple of priceless moments.
The dancing scenes were so good. Aladdin is a master of puppet dancing.
Jams. If you know, you know. xD
[Slight spoilers if you haven’t seen this or the original: For some reason I really love the scene where Aladdin is pushed into the ocean. So good.]
Also the scenes near the climax with the crazy whirl of some EPIC action scenes. I loved them so much. 😍
I could keep going, but I’m going to spare you, so instead…if you’ve seen Aladdin, or even if you just like the original…flail with me in the comments!!!
Have you seen Aladdin? If you have, what are your favourite parts?