Aladdin: Movie Review (aka: flailing)

by | 21 June 2019 | Life | 13 comments

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. 😛

 

The Music

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. 😍

 

The Visuals

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.

 

The Characters

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. 😏

 

The Cons

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?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Adventurer—exploring the endless wonders of God’s beautiful creation. She started writing by accident, but since the very beginning has loved the enchantment of words on paper. If you say anything about pizza, superheroes, books, or any of her many, many fandoms, she’ll come at the double. Aside from crafting worlds using only twenty-six letters, she is a passionate Jesus-lover, freelance editor, self-trained martial artist, songwriter, and musician. In her spare time, she's often off on random adventures in the name of story research. She seeks to inspire her readers to step out and become the heroes of hope this world needs.

13 Comments

  1. Evelyn Kelly

    Ugg. I haven’t gotten to see it yet! 🙁 🙁

    YES.
    SING IN THE THEATRE

    xD xD

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    • Jane Maree

      You mussst!! It’s soo worth seeing in the theatre if you can. So vibrant and beautiful!!

      The rest of the viewers can enjoy background singing for the full movie experience. 😂

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  2. Kat

    YESSSS

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  3. J.A.Penrose

    *flails with you*

    “FIG JAMS. Date jams–SEEDLESS.” XD

    “I may have made you a prince on the outside, but I didn’t change anything on the inside.”

    “I won’t go speechless!”

    💕💕

    All of it. So good. And yessss, there’s nothing like a good chase scene. And those were epic.

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    • Jane Maree

      Aladdin: We have Jams!
      Jafar: Jams.
      Parrot: Jaaaaams. 😂

      The climax was done sooo well!!

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  4. Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

    *screams and flails* *embarks on a campaign to convince my parents to take me to see this movie* *hugs Aladdin*

    IT SOUNDS LIKE IT IS EVERYTHING I HAD HOPED IT WOULD BE, EEK. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE IT!!! One thing I liked from the trailer is that everyone is wearing more clothes. Jasmine, for one thing; but also Aladdin. It would be so awkward if he was shirt-less in the live-action film. 😛

    Also… I have listened to all of the songs… and I COMPLETELY agree. The new versions are so much better than the old ones, mainly because the music is better quality and Aladdin has a better voice in this one. 😀

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    • Jane Maree

      Yess!! I really hope you can go see it!

      Haha, YES! That would be super weird if Aladdin was only wearing the good old animated vest option. 😅 I really loved all the costume design.

      Ahh, THANK YOU YES. Okay, so I didn’t say it in my review but YES, I waaaay prefer the new singers’ voices, particularly Aladdin. The original just sounded a little weird to me, but Mena Massoud was amazing for it. 😍

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  5. Quinley

    I haven’t seen the live action movie yet, but I keep on listening to the song “Speechless”, I was rather worried at first that it was going to be a corny love song, but I was surprised and happy to find that it was a song promoting strength for women. 😀 So I look forward to seeing the development of Jasmine, and Dalia sounds like an awesome character, I saw a scene with her in it in the trailer, and I thought that she seemed REALLY interesting. 🙂

    It was fun reading your review, Jane.
    -Quinley

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    • Jane Maree

      I looove Speechless! The lyrics are so beautiful.

      Yess, I hope you get to see it soon! Dalia was so much fun. 😊

      Thanks, Quinley!

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  6. Mem

    DUDE I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THIS MOVIE. AAAAHHHHH!!! IT SOUNDS SO GOOD. <333

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    • Jane Maree

      When you see it you must come tell me how you liked it!!!! 😍

      Reply
  7. Emma Starr

    Your post reminded me it came it and I went to see it! I was skeptical at first because the genie was my favorite character in the old movie…and I didn’t want Will Smith’s face to ruin it for me if you know what I mean. 😀 BUT HE DIDN’T. He rocked the role and showed us even more sides of the genie’s character.

    Jasmine’s character definitely improved. I liked how they represented her and she didn’t act somewhat spoiled like in the other. The only character I wasn’t totally satisfied with was Jafar. I at least wanted a song!

    The humor was spot on. I laughed until I cried. Now my friend and I substitute the word “thingy” for “jams” because it’s so much funnier when you don’t know what to say. XD

    I thought that they took the best of the old movie and even *cough* made an even better movie. *hides in a corner from all oldies fans*

    Overall I give it……5 stars out of 5!

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