Aladdinis a 2019 Americanmusicalfantasyfilm directed byGuy Ritchie, and co-written by Ritchie andJohn August. Produced byWalt Disney Pictures, it is alive actionremake of Disney’s1992 animated film of the same name, which was based on theeponymous folktalefromOne Thousand and One Nights. The film starsWill Smith,Mena Massoud,Naomi Scott,Marwan Kenzari,Navid Negahban,Nasim Pedrad, andBilly Magnussen.

In October 2016, Disney announced Ritchie would direct a live-actionAladdinremake. Smith was the first member of the cast to join, signing on to portrayGeniein July 2017, and later that month Massoud and Scott were confirmed for the two lead roles.Principal photographybegan that September atLongcross StudiosinSurrey, England, also filming in theWadi Rum Desertin Jordan, and lasted until January 2018. The film also pays tribute to the lateRobin Williams, who voiced Genie in the animated feature and died in 2014.

Aladdinis scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on May 24, 2019.

Best of all, the film is a proudly out-and-out musical. Bollywood influences abound with dance numbers that dazzle and delight. The charm of the West End musical and the original animation have been blended to create a fresh feel to the tale. Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman’s cherished songs are injected with renewed life, and a new number gives Jasmine her own moment to shine. Yet, despite Scott’s impressive vocals, the impact is diminished by Ritchie’s nauseating insistence on slow-motion. His choice of this effect ruins more than one scene.” – Joseph Walsh, Rotten Tomatoes

“Aladdin Thoughts: A lavish and enjoyable retelling, but not enough of A Whole New World to fully succeed.

“Mena Massoud/Naomi Scott are great, while Will Smith brings a fun energy to his take on the Genie, even if the CGI lets him down. The less said about Jafar, the better…”Digital Spy via Twitter

” So #Aladdin is Disney’s second-best recent remake, after Pete’s Dragon.

Proudly a musical fantasy adventure, the jokes are strong, Smith’s Genie is a lot of fun, the human leads work well. It’s 20 minutes too long, but works a charm for the entire run. Will Smith credits rap!!! “Andrew Jones Hosts a Fun Show

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