This live action adaptation of Disney's Aladdin seems to really be putting a bigger emphasis on Princess Jasmine than its predecessor. Which makes a lot of since considering out of the two leads Naomi Scott has more acting under her belt. Add that with Jasmine being the obvious role to extend if you wanted to flesh out this story, & giving her her own song seems like a given. The song sounds great by the way from the small snippet we get. So now the only question to answer is the hardest. Will it naturally fit in the story? For me that's always the hardest part of music in a film. Having a scene that would never happen in real life fit in seamlessly. Obviously we don't just burst I to song to get our points across. Can't wait to find out how this fits, & I've only got days now to wait. So until then, based on this snippet, what do y'all think of this new addition? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
We have our first look at Guy Ritchie's live-action Aladdin, & it's looking & sounding more street rat than prince. I'm gonna focus on the pluses first. Mena Massoud & Naomi Scott look absolutely amazing as Aladdin & Jasmine. Just like they were ripped straight out of the animated classic. Second, the proposed mixture of lands & culture to Agrabah, giving it a Middle Eastern & Asian feel really intrigues me. It sets it in a fully imagined place. For me that adds to the fantasy of it all. Third, is probably one of the strangest parts, Guy Ritchie. Even though I thought it was a very strange choice at first, Aladdin is a very fast paced, chase film. That's actually right in Guy's wheelhouse, & I think he can really knock this one out the park. Alright, now I'll address the big blue elephant in the room. I was very worried when they cast Will Smith in Robin William's iconic role as the Genie. Not because of Smith himself, I've actually loved this guy since his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air days, & even before them for that matter. Just knowing Smith's character, I had a feeling I knew where this was going to wind up. First strike was straight out of Ritchie's mouth with, “I like the fact that our Genie has an ego and is a little bit vain and he cares about how he’s presented because he’s been doing this for a very long time.” The words ego & vain just immediately suck the fun out the whole character for me. And if that didn't work, we're also going to get some tired hip-hop from Will Smith to go along. Who mentions there hasn't been a hip hop flavor in the Disney universe yet. Well, there hasn't been any heavy metal either, & there might just be a reason for that. The third strike came with the actual look of the Genie, but I'm putting a hold on that one for now. Only because I'm convinced there's a level of CGI that will be involved in post that doesn't make the EW pics. At least I'm hoping so. If I'm wrong it just looks like Will Smith with a funny top knot. So, all in all there's three wishes answered, & three thrown right back in my face. These are just still pics & a synopsis as well. My reserves could be wrong, & this could blow us all away. Here's hoping at least, as Aladdin is one of, if not my all time favorite of the classics. What do y'all think though? I'd love to hear it. Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Will Smith posted this photo of the main Aladdin cast to announce that they've started shooting. It's Will (Genie), Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), & Marwan Kenzari (Jafar) looking like they're having a blast. I'm so intrigued with this one. All the way down to being directed by Guy Ritchie, this thing is riddled with strange decisions. I don't know if they'll wind up good or bad, but I guess that's what you get when you go for something this big & different. It seems like random decisions, Guy, a cast of relative nobodies, & a Genie from a guy whom at one point I would've said hands-down had the charisma to play him. Now however, Smith just hasn't displayed that side, opting for more somber roles. Like I said though, I'm intrigued. I can't wait to see how all this comes together in a whole new world. What do y'all think though? Who's excited for this & who thinks we're on the brink of a disaster? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Just days after letting everyone know they couldn't find an Aladdin after searching through 2,000 fresh faces, Disney has announced the cast for the upcoming Guy Ritchie film. Confirming Will Smith (Do you really need a reminder of who this is?) for the Genie, which we pretty much had known, at D23. As well as, Naomi Scott (Power Rangers/2017) for Princess Jasmine & Mena Massoud (Who?) for Aladdin. This is right down the line for what they were going for. I liked Naomi Scott in Power Rangers, I actually really enjoyed the first 3/4s of that movie. As for Will Smith, he's a great actor, I just hope he can dial back in to that funny. I know it's in him with Bad Boys & Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Even the first Men In Black he still had a strong comedic timing, & was fun. If we get that, this could be great. I'm just not sure he still can tap into that. As for Mena Massoud, he better be good. I want to see more of this. I like relative nobodies in main roles, I would love to see more of this.. As long as you surround them with talent, you can get a diamond in the rough of a performance. Any concerns with these choices? Let us know in the comments, like, & share.