Aladdin – ‘Special Look’ Trailer Review

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By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

Unlike most live-action Disney remakes, Aladdin seems to have got the fans very nervous. The atmosphere around the movie is very different to the likes of The Jungle Book or Beauty and the Beast. It’s not as if these films are less iconic as Aladdin is, so why is there this sense of unease?

Other than Will Smith, the cast is pretty much made up of relatively unknowns. But unless you are going to completely whitewash the thing, what else can you do? This is a wider issue of the problems of Hollywood if anything else. I’m happy that they have chosen the authentic route and are filling the roles with appropriate actors. And let’s be honest, the iconic Robin Williams performance as Genie, is never going to be surpassed. So anyone put in that role is always going to be up against it in terms of fan reaction.

Before we breakdown, the trailer, make sure you’ve seen it yourself! You can check it out below:

As always we pick out the TOP 5 moments that stood out the most.

5 Things From The Trailer:

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The Return of Jafar

Jafar is a badass. He’s such a fantastic villain, not just in terms of Disney movies, but in cinema in general. From what I’ve seen of Marwan Kenzari, I think the role is in a safe pair of hands. I’m quietly confident that he’ll deliver a good performance in the role. As for the look. I’m a little disappointed. I guess I just love the animated version outfit so much. I think in terms of the costume and this movie though, it works. It’s a very realistic design. I’m just so attached to the red and black. Nevertheless, Kenzari looks menacing in the role and I’m glad to see that he has is iconic cobra staff at his side.

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You’re Gonna Love This Guy!

The contrast between the brown and beige backdrop and the sharp colours of the characters works perfectly. There is a real sense of vibrancy and life, which given the location is not an easy task to pull off. In the animated version, this song was a big moment in the movie. Let’s hope it can be replicated, if not bested, in this live-action adaption.

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QUEEN!

Bow down, peasants! Naomi Scott looks absolutely incredible as Princess Jasmine. Talk about an entrance! In terms of the colours, as mentioned above, I loved how they had her against a brown backdrop so the pink really popped, drawing all the focus on to her. We also see Rajah walking down the steps behind her. Given what Disney have done already with The Jungle Book and what’s to come with The Lion King, I have no worries he won’t look out of place as a CG character in this movie.

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Man, I Hated That Level

Talk about having Mega Drive flashbacks. ‘The Escape’ level in the Aladdin Video Game was one of the most infuriating video game moments of my life. I have no idea how long it took me to clear the level, all I know is that, even as kid, I aged many years while trying to do so. Seeing the Cave of Wonders collapsing in on itself, with the lava-spewing and the rocks falling just took me straight back to my childhood. While the memory itself was one of, mostly anger, they really seemed to have captured that moment. This should be a big action sequence in the film, so hopefully, they give it the attention it deserves.

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I’m Blue Da Ba Dee Da Ba Daa Da Ba Dee

This is the big talking point.

To be honest, I’m not sure what else they could have done. We’ve seen the press shots of him, essentially looking like Will Smith, in ‘human form’ and people complained that he wasn’t blue. The general consensus was that this didn’t look right for the Genie. Now we have seen him in a more established form, and the complaints have probably increased. So it appears you can’t win. He looks how I imagined him to be in the context of this movie. I think putting his face on a digital figure would not have worked. I’m hit and miss with Will Smith. Sometimes he’s excellent, some times it’s just a little too much.

I don’t envy Smith’s task of trying to win over the fans. How do you follow up a role made so iconic by Robin Williams? It was a truly phenomenal performance and one that I doubt will ever be beaten. All Smith can do is play it his own way and not try to replicate Williams’ performance. It’s hard to form a full opinion on this yet, I would need to see the film to make my mind up. But as it stands this is still the one aspect of the film that concerns me the most. I don’t like to be negative, but I’m not convinced.

Overall, the trailer is packed full of what we’d expect to see in an Aladdin movie. Iconic moments, such as the ‘do you trust me’ hand grab blended in with an authentic look and real-world feel. Of course, the question marks over Will Smith and the look of Genie will rumble on, but all we can do is give it a chance and wait to see how it all fits together when the film is finally released. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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