Aladdin is a 2019 film released by Walt Disney Pictures that is a remake of the 1992 animated film of the same name.
- The movie is rather pointless, it isn't very different from the original 1992 film which is still very accessible and the new elements it adds don't improve the story. Additionally, a large part of the reason the original movie worked was due to the animation it used, however that factor is lost when done as live action.
- Jafar's actor, Marwan Kenzari, is atrocious in the role and is probably one of the worst parts of the movie. His parrot sidekick Iago has been downplayed from a snarky talking loudmouth to an ordinary parrot.
- The visuals are weak and the CGI isn't very good, especially with the Will Smith Genie which received backlash before release.
- While Will Smith does a decent job at playing the Genie, he isn't that fit to play him. While he does have the charisma, he can't pull off the wacky expressions or spot-on impressions Robin Williams did, and he always looks like he's dying on set when on screen, which can get jarring.
- The film montages the first 20 minutes which is bad because these moments help build character and Jasmine escapes the palace and talks with the townspeople way too quickly.
- Most of the songs are not that good, Prince Ali in particular is an auto-tuned mess with hardly any energy.
- Bland characters, especially Jafar who is basically as bland as a villain can get.
- The new character in the film, Dalia, is not only unnecessary, but also annoying.
- Poorly-done comedy.
- Pointless subplot in which the Genie falls in love with Jasmine's handmaiden that feels like padding.
- The renditions of One Jump Ahead and Friend Like Me are good.
- Speaking of the latter, that sequence in particular does provide what most remakes should be: something that feels rather different from the original (with Will Smith's hip-hop flare) but still capturing the charm that made it so beloved.
- The references to the original 1992 version are nostalgia-inducing, like the cameo of Robin Williams' Genie and the animated Aladdin and Sultan.
- Naomi Scott is one of the better parts of the film.
- The performances are pretty good, except for Jafar.
- The costume designs look really nice.
- Frank Welker reprises his three roles from the original: Abu, Rajah and the Cave of Wonders.
- Human Genie is actually better than the Blue Genie, as it's basically Will Smith being Will Smith. Additionally, Will Smith's performance was praised by critics and audiences alike.
- Despite its flaws, this film is still enjoyable for some, especially fans.
Aladdin was met with mixed reception, with many critics comparing the film unfavorably to the original film. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a critic approval rating of 57%, with an average rating of 5.91/10. On Metacritic, the film has a critic score of 53/100.
Despite the mixed reception from critics, the audience reception was mostly positive. The audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes is a 94%, with an average rating of 4.58/5. On Metacritic and IMDb, while still positive, the user scores are lower than that of Rotten Tomatoes', with a user score of 6.7/10 and 7.2/10 respectively.