Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Naveed Nigahban
Director: Guy Ritchie
Mischievous, Naughty & often to roam on busy streets is Aladdin (Mena Massoud) who lives in a city where his funny-sentimental-inspirational character comes into play when he looks at Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and falls in love with her. But when he reaches the palace he realizes that it is not that easy to get her as he thought
As the Story of Aladdin & Genie has been known for centuries, here the story starts when the “street rat” Aladdin (Mena Massoud) meets Jasmine (Naomi Scott) who is the princess of the state Agrabah, but in between is the evil antagonist Zafar (Marwan Kenzari) and advisor of Sultan (Naveed Nigahban) who send Aladdin to a cave and asks him to bring the magical lamp known as Jadooyi Chirag from which Genie (Will Smith) comes out and Genie will complete 3 wishes of the person who will let him out of the magical lamp. Genie completes the wishes for Aladdin and makes him the prince “Prince Ali” so that he can marry Jasmine. Now Aladdin has two aims which he needs to complete, 1st is to save the state by not allowing Zafar to steal the throne of Sultan & 2nd is to Marry Jasmine.
The chemistry between Aladdin & Jasmine is Fantabulous as they create a freshness amongst the storyline and Will Smith as Genie is the cherry on the cake as it created a laughter ride by his side and the Main villain role Played by Marwan Kenzari as Zafar is also well prepared and he justifies his role.
The film’s direction seems a little bit delicate but the director has managed to shine in melding practical characters compared to the virtual ones. Whether making Smith’s computer-enhanced and genie look natural sharing the screen with Aladdin or swooping the camera along magic carpet rides through virtual sets, Ritchie’s style embraces the kind of expressionism needed to pull off such a fanciful tale
Merging the Middle Eastern style dance with Bollywood is one successful detour from the original cartoon movie released in ‘92 which was eye-popping. We all need a friend who says ‘Sab Sahi Hai Bro’… this song sung by Badshah is simply amazing, it was also appreciated by Will Smith himself.
Cinespeaks verdict: If you have already watched the cartoon version of Aladdin than this version will take you on a magical carpet ride of nostalgia. It is surely a laughter ride and the chemistry of Aladdin & Jasmine will pull you towards themselves to go and watch the movie.
Review by Rupal Purohit