Looking for an Aladdin Movie Review that will help determine if your kids will love the movie? This is my mom perspective on the Live Action Aladdin film.
Ok, it's HERE. My Aladdin movie review. Disney's Aladdin is in theaters now, and I had the honor of attending the premiere earlier this week (along with the amazing conversation I had with the Aladdin cast at their press junket last weekend). As I shared all of these amazing events leading up to Aladdin's release, you guys had a TON of questions.
Aladdin Movie Review: A Mom's Recommendation
Overall Feelings: I have to admit, I was worried about this one. The animated version of Aladdin is a favorite in our household, and I had HIGH hopes for Disney's live action version. I also had pretty high expectations. Would Will Smith live up to Robin Williams' amazing performance as the genie? What about the music? Would this Aladdin cast do it justice?
I left the theatre with a big old smile on my face. Will Smith isn't Robin Williams and he didn't try to be. I love that we got the Will Smith version of the Genie, and that he used HIS strengths as an actor to create his own engaging and entertaining version of the character.
Agrabah is all grown up, and the location is absolutely stunning. And the music? Trust, this was my area of concern. And the soundtrack is AMAZING. Alan Menken's magic is everywhere and the new song sung by Naomi Scott as Jasmine is already downloaded to my playlist for this afternoon's run. There are some epic Bollywood style dance scenes that will inspire a new generation of Aladdin lovers……and I'm so glad they were added to the film.
My favorite part (without totally spoiler-ing)? There is much more of a focus on Jasmine and her own goals for Agrabah. You guys know I love a good girl power message, and this version is full of them.
What Ages is It Appropriate For: Aladdin is rated PG (with some action / peril)…..and I think that rating is perfectly appropriate. My five year old will definitely be seeing it. The only scary parts? Some of the scenes translate to being a little more scary in the live action version. There is the scene towards the end where Jafar becomes an “all powerful genie” and while it's a bit dark, it's not terrifying by any means. I think ages five and up will enjoy the movie, especially the dance scenes and songs.
My verdict? Definitely a must see. Especially for those of us that grew up in the 90s and loved the original.
What do you think? Is my Aladdin Movie Review spot on? Have you seen the film?