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|Production country:||USA 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 128 Min|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
The young street thief Aladdin (Mena Massoud) leads a simple but content life on the streets of Agrabah. When one day he meets the beautiful princess Jasmin (Naomi Scott), it happened right around him. The simple thief has fallen in love with the princess. He was supposed to stay away from her, but to give her back a bracelet that his monkey stole from her, he sneaks into the palace to his beloved. Too stupid, he gets caught by the evil magician Dschafar (Marwan Kenzari). To escape certain death, Aladdin must take on a dangerous task: He shall take from his mysterious cave a legendary treasure Bergen: A miracle lamp! Without being aware of their power, he unintentionally frees the genie in the bottle, Dschinni (Will Smith), who will grant him three wishes. Everything now seems to be turning to the good - until Dschafar finds out about him…
Disney's animated film "Aladdin" was a huge cinema success in 1992. This was also due to the great dubbing of Dschinni, for which Robin Williams in the original and Peer Augustinski in Germany was responsible. The catchy songs, the timeless story and the beautiful animations have also contributed to the success of the cartoon. Since Disney just felt every title from the Mouse catalog a fresh cell cure as a "real film" gives, "Aladdin" was now also the turn. Guy Ritchie, who had already (at least financially) successfully dedusted dust from "Sherlock Holmes", was put on the director's chair, probably in the hope of giving the whole thing a little more speed.
However, at first the film wasn't under a good star. When the first trailer and thus also the first look at Will Smith as Dschinni were released, the reactions to it were almost consistently negative. And so, after the disappointing performance of the real film version of "Dumbo", another financial and artistic failure seemed to be imminent. But now that the finished film has been released, can be said: For Disney, the wish for another successful real film version has probably come true. It quickly got around that "Aladdin" is by far not as bad as the trailer suggested.
Also, the remake is still not really necessary. There are some things that can justifiably be criticized. The cast of Marwan Kenzari as Dschafar, for example, is absolutely not convincing. He seems far too young and struggles through the film with just a facial expression that is anything but terrifying. One would have expected a stronger presence from a powerful magician. Then there is the completely unnecessary and much too silly character of Prince Anders, who could be completely cut out of the film without harming the story at all - quite the opposite! Yeah, and then there's Will Smith. He manages very well to make the popular character his own and thus step out of the oversized shadow of Robin Williams. But the scenes, in which he is all too obviously completely animated, seem a bit strange, as already in the trailer.
The known songs have been modernized properly - apart from perhaps an unimaginative version of "A Friend like me", which Will Smith recorded for the credits with DJ Khaled. Why does he have to call his name into the area before every song? Well, be that as it may, otherwise the musical fresh cell cure didn't harm the film. The equipment and the effects rely mainly on bright colors and other wow effects. This all seems a bit overdrawn and thus also very artificial, but at many points this also fits the story.
All in all "Aladdin" has become an entertaining family movie. There are aspects that - at least for cartoon fans or viewers older than 10 years - are not quite so successful. But a decent tempo, a convincing Will Smith and the catchy songs prevented the disappointment that the trailer suggested from missing. And for that there is also one: Worth seeing!
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