Aladdin (2019) 3D Movie Review
Written By: Krista Strom
I watched Aladdin (2019) in IMAX 3D, so I am not sure how much credit for the 3D experience I had goes to the movie itself versus to the theater I saw it in. IMAX is decidedly a different viewing experience than other theaters, so your millage may vary. That being said I thought the 3D in this movie was great. Or maybe I’m just a sucker for flying sequences. I don’t know if the “Whole New World” flight quite topped How To Train Your Dragon’s flying sequences, but it’s definitely up there. That of course doesn’t mean the 3D was perfect. I think the film majorly underutilized atmospherics. Regarding pop-outs there are some puffs of clouds or smoke occasionally throughout the film, but I would have loved to see more dust and sand in the air. It is the desert, after all! Still, I loved the all colors throughout the film and the costume design – especially jasmines iconic blue ensemble. It’s clear that a lot of effort went into the visuals in this film, and that effort definitely paid off. The 3D compliments the wonderful visuals and gives you a magical experience.
Final Verdict: Great 3D
As a movie lover, there’s nothing better than going into a theater and being transported into a whole new world. (Or a rebooted world that you already know the entire plot to, as the case may be.) Regardless, I quite loved the 2019 live action remake of Aladdin.
In terms of the plot itself, not much has changed from the original animated version. Aladdin finds a magic lamp that grants him three wishes from a magical genie. There are some minor changes here and there, but they are mostly changes in dialogue or additions of extra characters. And many of the changes I think are for the better. Jasmine for instance, is a much more proactive character, and even gets an extra song. We also get some backstory on her mother, even if only through dialogue. Disney did the same thing with the Beauty and the Beastremake, and I think it’s a nice little trend. It doesn’t impact the plot that much, but it does nicely flesh out characterizations and motivations. Some of the changes on the other hand, are less necessary. They’re not exactly bad just…odd. They’re all small moments, but if you know the plot well enough (and let’s face it, if you’re going out of your way to see the remake, you probably do) they just stick out like a blue Will Smith, and for seemingly no emotional or comedic payoff, so I’m not quite sure why they were included. There is also one reprise from the original that is missing in the new version, though I think the extra songs and reprises make up for it a little. I do wish Disney would stop using so much auto tuning though. Your main actors are already decent enough singers, I feel like all Disney achieves through doing it this way is making otherwise good singers sound fake. I understand wanting to reference hip hop when you have a rapper like Will Smith at your disposal, but I’m just not sure that Disney really achieved that successfully.
It’s a delicate balance with reboots like these, because nostalgia is simultaneously both your ally and your enemy. There will be people that complain it’s too similar to the original, and others that complain it’s too different. It’s never going to be perfect, and you’re never going to please everyone. But despite it’s flaws, I can’t help but love this movie. Sure, I knew most of what was going to happen, but that only led to a sense of anticipation and excitement, wondering how they were going to pull off the next thing. And there is a bit of a beauty in the fact that we tell ourselves the same stories over and over, even if we know the ending. That’s what good stories do; they evolve and change to fit the times. The story of Aladdin has already been doing this since the 18thcentury (or earlier?) , and will undoubtedly continue to do so for many years to come.
Final Verdict: 8/10
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