Published January 7, 2023


Film info

  • Title Aladdin
  • Director Guy Ritchie
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 2hrs 7m
  • Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Family
  • Tagline Choose wisely

From Disney come the thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of the animated classic Aladdin, the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:40 “Maybe if you sing. It’s better when you sing.” Is it??
3:17 God, I do love these songs though.
10:09 Bit of Aladdin parkour, love it.
12:35 The bird is quite a lot more sinister than in the animated film.
19:21 “What is that? Don’t tell me, a cat with stripes.”
22:58 Oh no, original songs!
31:25 It’s immediately suspicious though, isn’t it? Get this simple lamp for untold riches.
34:52 Bet they had to watch Dr Strange a lot for lessons in how to make a sheet of fabric more human.
39:46 Already hating this genie.
59:07 She doesn’t recognise him because of the genie magic but he surely doesn’t want to live his whole life like that?
1:08:47 “It’s clumsy, but in a charming sort of way.”
1:23:18 The colours the princess wears are so wonderful.
1:27:54 “The more you gain by pretending, the less you actually have.”
1:47:06 Phenomenal cosmic powers. Itty bitty living space.
1:55:49 More films should just have a big colourful dance sequence with everyone at the end.


These live-action remakes are really asking for trouble when they are trying to re-invent such stone-cold classics, and this one sadly doesn’t live up to its predecessor. At best, this movie is okay, but it veers into irritating territory and Will Smith as the genie is a choice that I just can’t get on board with. The songs are the only thing that make this worthwhile and they are obviously straight from the original… except for the new musical moments which are then just jarring against the brilliance of the old ones. Overall, just meh.

Rating: 1 / 5

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