Another appropriate title for this would be "Hitch & Aladdin". The spiritual successor to Hitch,AT LAST! :-D
There are 3 ways I can thank this movie for:
It made me forget the existence of a scary Jar-Jar Binks looking CG Elephant
It made Guy Ritchie think his last movie sucked hardcore so that he could've tried to make this movie look good
Again,the spiritual successor to Hitch
Because that's what this new version of Aladdin is: An unnecessary big spectacle that tries his best to be somewhat of an actual movie with things in it.
Unlike Dumbo,go see it in IMAX for the effects bonanza and pretty colors. (do it quick before Godzilla blows up your IMAX Auditorium) Trust me this time,you'll see more than a boring,lifeless Circus Tent.
The actors are really trying to sell their performances,right down to Will Smith,which is,obviously,the best part of the movie. He doesn't try to be Robin Williams by any means,to the point to where it doesn't matter if you say he or him was better,because all that matters is that,at least they're having fun playing the character.
Guy Ritchie knows how to direct action sequences and (surprisingly) dance numbers,so that kept me engaged to point... (too bad there wasn't the director's signature Snorricam shot).
I love this new version of the score by Alan Menken. At one point,it becomes a Hans Zimmer score,and at another,it's Rio by John Powell.
"Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" are 10/10 scenes that are almost astounding to be in a movie of this caliber,but in a movie like this,the musical scenes can be hit-or-miss. I didn’t get what was happening in “A Whole New World” besides ‘Oh,they’re singing in a magical carpet!’,and the first part of Speechless (one of the few new songs added in the movie) was good...Until it sinks its teeth into a point where it’s no going back.
When “Speechless” gets played in full,not only is it worse than either Peter Parker dancing in Spider-Man 3 or Shia LaBeouf swinging with lots of CG Monkeys in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull,but it’s also so laughably bad,you can call that scene “The scene where Jasmine becomes more powerful than Thanos and The Flash (or Quicksilver) thrown togheter”.
That alone made Captain Marvel look like a job well done in just 24 Hours.
The opening of the movie (until it gets to the Cave Of Wonders halfway through) is just as quick as the entirety of The LEGO Movie,it sets a really strange bar for the movie (I mean...go figure,the movie has Dan Lin as one of the producers).
I will never forgive the writers for making Jafar look like one off the best MCU Phase 1 Villains,where,unless it’s Loki,they’re all SO. DAMN. FORGETTABLE.
And some of the new stuff I could’ve easily cut out,because,with that,it feels like if we were in an alternate universe,and Batman V Superman was so good we didn’t need an Ultimate Cut to explain the little details.
But again,thanks Aladdin for making me forget about a horrific elephant. There’s a much better Elephant in here than in Dumbo that families will enjoy. Out of all the Disney live-action redos,this is the Venom of these kind of movies. So many problems in the movie,but I’ll be damned if I had a good time seeing it.