When the live-action film of Aladdin came out half way through this year I was very excited and was looking forward to watching it as I absolutely adore Disney Movies.

I’m not going to lie, I had a high expectation as the original was so good. However, if the life-action of Beauty and the Beast was absolutely incredible I knew this movie would not disappoint. May I say, I was not wrong, from start to finish it was a thrill of excitement, sing-a-longs to my favourite songs, heart warming scenes and stunning visuals.

The 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin was dare to say phenomenal

The beautifully illustrated movie directed by Guy Ritchie set in the city of Agrabah conveys the story of an orphan street rat whom frees a genie from a lamp. The genie grants Aladdin his wish of wanting to marry Princess Jasmine and throughout the movie you watch not only the love of Aladdin and Jasmine, but also the unforgettable bond of the genie and Aladdin. During the movie, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on stealing the lamp for himself. 

The movie began its filming in later 2017 in England whilst also in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan. It was then after released in May 2019 where it became the fifth highest-grossing film of 2019 earning $1 billion worldwide. The movie is rated at PG + 13 however, it is made for the general audience family / kid. Anyone who wants to go on an adventure soaring through the skies of an Arabian Night would definitely enjoy it. I do want to say it is a bit scary for those under 7 however there’s nothing stopping anyone from watching it.

There’s not a lot of pre-knowledge you need to know in order to watch the film. However, having general knowledge of the following could be beneficial:

  • Supernatural Islamic mythology and theology (the Genie)
  • Basic knowledge of Arabian / Middle Eastern Culture 
  • Knowledge that Princesses during that time aren’t intended to lead as it is a fundamental law.

The movie can be said to reflect aspects of cultural homogenisation, in which “cultures are absorbed or transformed by an outside dominant culture”.  The reason for this is Disney creates a lot of live-action remakes which is an appropriation of cinematic styles. The original 1992 version is a lot different in its plot. During the 2019 movie it was hybridised by being a life action film, having new songs and created a new plot which focused more on feminine empowerment.

Aladdin is definitely considered as a mega blockbuster. To understand, ‘blockbuster’ can be describe as an evolving system to determine films based on kind of knowledge deemed to be worth of social events (Stringer, J 2003). As Aladdin was such a success with over $1 billion earnings for the movie it’s pretty clear to say that many people would agree with me and say its a mega blockbuster movie.

Over the 128 minutes of stunning visuals, bright colours and beautifully written music. I had no choice but to go home and learn the new added songs to the movie so then I could go back and watch it again and again. I would be happy to say it is one of my favourite live-action Disney films coming in a close second right after Beauty and the Beast. 


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