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What the critics are saying about Aladdin

Aladdin, the new film starring Will Smith was released last weekend. The live-action remake of Disney’s 1992 cartoon with the late great Robin Williams playing the role of the genie.

The reviews have largely been mixed, with some praising the performances, costumes, and musical numbers, while others criticized Ritchie’s direction, the pacing, and the CGI effects.

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The changes made to the original film also divided critics, mainly in Jafar’s character and portrayal. In contrast, the film received a positive response from audiences polled by CinemaScore and PostTrak.

Part of the critic’s reviews are below;

Film Threat; As a chapter in the Disney classic remakes, Jungle Book still stands at the top. Behind it is Aladdin and Cinderella fighting for second place with the rest as a distant whatever.
The Guardian; It is lively, colourful and genuinely funny, and doesn’t break what didn’t need fixing about the original.
San Francisco Chronicle; Aladdin, the live-action remake of the 1992 Disney animation, is more than a pleasant surprise. It’s a complete delight that stands up its own and is, in many ways, an improvement on the original.

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Variety; It’s great to see Smith in comedic mode again, and smart of the team to base the Genie’s personality on the star’s brand, rather than imitating what Williams did with the role. Even in cases where Smith is quoting directly from the original, his persona comes through loud and clear as this blue-hued, CG-enhanced master of ceremonies.
IGN; While Smith does fine work, how reliant this Genie is on Smith’s personality does make you wonder if an actor pushing farther out of their comfort zone would have gotten us closer to the boundless creativity that made Robin Williams’ performance so memorable.

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IndieWire; Smith puts on such an outsized performance that it’s easy for him to overshadow its smaller joys — and when Genie is suddenly silenced in a limp third act, the entire film suffers.
TheWrap; The original Aladdin was an innovative motion picture, heralding a new era of CG-assisted animation and celebrity stunt-casting. It was bold and exciting. The remake rehashes the original in a pleasing but perfunctory way.

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Boston Globe; Here’s the thing about Disney’s “live-action” remakes of its animated classics: The new versions may be bigger, louder, and more lavish, but they’ll never be original. The thrill of first impact is gone.
Washington Post; The movie is colorful and pretty, and Smith brings a fresh, more street-wise approach to his character, while still honoring the motor-mouthed spirit of Williams’s scene-stealing performance.
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