Reviews: Aladdin (2019)

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  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: Aladdin was like Will Smith’s performance in it: pleasant but not interesting.
  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: One ponders why Disney tasked Guy Ritchie, a director known for his innovative way around the gritty action flick, with directing a musical aimed squarely at the kiddie market.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: I have to admit the film is not without entertainment value, most surprisingly within an engaging performance from Will Smith that utilizes a spectrum of talent we haven’t seen from the actor in quite some time.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Not a trainwreck, but it is very uninspired. Will Smith and Naomi Scott manage to bring some charm despite thin material.
  • [New] | M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com
    • Excerpt: Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin (2019) fails to cast the same magical spell as Disney’s original animated classic, but the performances of Will Smith and Naomi Scott make for a tolerable watch.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: By adhering mainly to the classic story with only minor tweaks, Disney’s reimagining delivers the goods.
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: This live-action remake doesn’t come close to equaling the splendor of the original, but it certainly offers a fun musical spectacular in the process
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The romance lacks chemistry, and the villain lacks bite. It seems embarrassed to be a musical, failing to embrace the necessary ineffable daydreaminess. Somehow even more cartoonish as live-action.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: It puts a spotlight on the cartoon’s issues, but can’t quite fix them in a satisfactory way. As such, this Aladdin becomes a nice companion piece to the other rather than improvement.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: [Aladdin] is too long, and some of the musical sequences come up lacking, but the cast is strong, the production feels big, and magic carpets are always cool.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: …one cannot help but see this recycling of a beloved festive fable as nothing but an opportunistic money grab. Today’s Aladdin should have rubbed its own lamp and wished for the flavored footnotes of its legendary animated counterpart from yesteryear.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: The new songs are awful, but Aladdin is a lot better then expected.
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Aladdin reminds us how much of a consummate showman the 50-year-old is and always has been. Will has a style, energy, and stage presence all his own, and he saves this entire movie from sandy ruin.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Guy Ritchie’s ‘Aladdin’ may not represent a whole new world but it’s still a fun, dazzling ride worth taking.
  • Robert Yaniz Jr. @ Crooked Table
    • Excerpt: How you respond to Ritchie’s Aladdin will depend greatly on your own expectations. If you go into the film knowing it will fall tragically short of the 1992 classic, then you’ll likely have a lot of fun watching Ritchie and his cast essentially execute their cover version of a timeless standard.