Direction: Guy Ritchie
Production: Walt Disney Studios & Motion Pictures
Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott & Marwan Kenzari
Music: Alan Menken
Cinematography: Alan Stewart
Editor: James Herbert
Been a great fantasy story for many decades, the recent ‘Aladdin’ seemed to have great expectation because of Will Smith’s involvement in the role of ‘Genie’ which always visualized to be an unimaginable thing for such a star to reprise the character. Let us see whether this ‘Aladdin’ had been an absolute treat for kids in 3D this summer!
Aladdin (Mena Massoud) is an impoverished thief in the streets of Agrabah who gets to meet and rescue Sultan’s daughter/princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) who comes to visit the city and people just like any other common woman as a result of which Alauddin misunderstands princess to be princess's handmaiden from the kingdom. On the other hand, Jafar (Marwan Kenzari), the Royal Vizier who is being called to be the ‘second best’ aims to take the control of the magic lamp hidden within the Cave of Wonders to become the Sultan of Agrabah. However Aladdin is caught by Jafar while he secretly tries to impress princess with a meeting in the kingdom, he is given a dangerous task of getting the magical lamp by Jafar for becoming wealthy and also to marry the princess. How Aladdin and Abu (his pet monkey) go inside? Will he get the magical lamp? Even if he gets the magical lamp what will happen next? Will Aladdin get the help of Genie (Will Smith) by rubbing the lamp to become rich and to marry the princess? Remaining the ‘Genie’ will be showing out as a climax after coming out from the magical lamp!
As usual with the same story that every ‘Aladdin’ film had been telling us for several years, this film showed out the realistic visuals of how the story can be still more interesting with a flavored effort of music then and there. Not only that, the film has great sets designing, costume designing and also the make up with beautiful shots of desert, midnight view of grand lawns with fountain and many other things which are efficient for the known story to glow extra in 3D. However the first half seemed really slow until and unless Will Smith’s appearance existed on screen, it has been clearly evident that good casting (especially Marwan Kenzari who played ‘Jafer’ role) has also been a supportive factor for the success of this film with the good cinematography and editing.
On the whole, this film ‘Aladdin’ is a pleasant version of the previous series in 3D but would have been the best if the wits of ‘Genie’ (Will Smith) is cuddled still more.
‘Aladdin’ is one of the best kids entertainer for this summer in 3D but with lot of music!