Aladdin Full Movie: “Aladdin” How to make a Disney classic have an impact on the new generations? For Guy Ritchie, director of Aladdin, the answer lies in addressing various current issues such as women’s empowerment. From a renewed soundtrack to the history of the characters. This is how Aladdin, the 1992 classic, will return to the big screen on Thursday May 23 with a remake in ‘live action’.
This new film will feature Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Marwan Kenzari, Billy Magnussen, Nasim Pedrad, Numan Acar, Navid Negahban and Kamil Lemieszewski. The film follows the story of Aladdin, an ingenious young man who lives in extreme poverty and dreams of marrying the beautiful daughter of the Sultan, Princess Jasmine.
Mena Massoud, who plays Aladdin, says that this project will show new facets of the characters. Jasmine, for example, will not allow her to force her to live in silence. “It’s a message that will definitely reach new generations,” says the 27-year-old actor.
In a telephone conversation with El Comercio, the original actor from Egypt, he recalled the moment when he learned that he had obtained the starring role of the film: “I was in a trailer, in the middle of filming another movie in Canada. call from my representatives where they basically told me I had to travel to London again. “For a moment, I thought they meant I had to audition again. I had to be more reserved and silent [with the news] because I could not tell anyone for a few days “.
How to approach a role when the character you are about to interpret only has an animated film as reference? How to humanize those types of characters?
I’ve been watching this movie since I was a child, maybe from 3 or 2 years old. Probably, I have seen “Aladdin” more than 25 times in my life, I think I know the tape quite well. In fact, I decided to stop watching it after I made my first audition for the role. I wanted to focus on a broader picture, on issues such as Aladdin’s history and path, his self-discovery, the idea of falling in love or feeling that you are not good enough. […] I started preparing myself for the technical part in aspects such as singing, dancing and even learning how to ride camels.
Will Smith commented that, at first, he was afraid to add features to the Genius that Robin Williams had created [for the animated film]. Then, he noticed that he could turn it into a more current role with references of hip-hop and even the swag of the Prince of rap. What does this Aladdin have again?
I decided to focus on the story of the character. I trusted the directions of Guy Ritchie (director) and the producers. They liked what I did in the audition so I just followed the same line. They came looking for a long time someone who could play this character and I think my personality is something they liked. I followed the correct tone and focused on trusting their decisions.
The fact that an Egyptian actor stars in a Disney film is not something that is seen very often. Today, new generations can identify with the figures they see on the big screen. How do you assume this responsibility?
Yes For me, that was one of the most important aspects of this movie. I’m pretty proud of what we did with the project. As you mention, I am from Egypt, I lived in Canada, I have roots in India, the United Kingdom, my mother is from Holland … So it is important that people from different parts of the world, including Latin America, can see the film and feel identified, to be able to see themselves reflected in the characters. Finally we have actors who can represent the different cultures of the world. It’s what I’m most proud of.
There is talk of turning the Disney classic into a relevant project for the current times. Why do you think Princess Jasmine will be an empowering figure for women?
Yes, you know That was something that Guy [Ritchie], the producers and Disney wanted to focus on for this project. They wanted to empower Jasmine and, on the other hand, they also looked for the trip and road to Aladdin to be somewhat different. He will take the time to empower Jasmine, encourage her to leave the people of Agrabah behind. He will undergo a lot of sacrifices to be able to support it. I think children around the world will definitely understand that message.
The film Aladdin in its real action version is not yet released and Will Smith has already enchanted audiences with his interpretation of “Prince Ali”. The film premieres in theaters of the world on May 24, and is directed by Guy Ritchie. In this one Will Smith is the wonderful Genie of the lamp. In one of the clips that Disney revealed as we anticipated we can enjoy before going to the movie theaters of this majestic performance.
In one of the clips that Disney revealed as we anticipated we can enjoy before going to the movie theaters of this majestic performance.
Yes, it’s Prince Ali, but not the one you know. The first advances of the film of Aladdin with real actors did not finish convincing us, although soon Disney sent a hopeful trailer. Now, a new clip that shows the number of the song “Prince Ali” played by Will Smith makes me caress again my nonexistent Jafar knob.
IGN has published the advance in which Aladdin (Mena Massoud) parades through the streets surrounded by paraphernalia to try to get the attention of Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). Aladdin greets the crowd awkwardly while Jasmine’s best friend, Dalia (Nasim Pedrad), a character created for the film, gestures several unnecessary explanations for our heroine. Yes, Dalia, having a lot of peacocks probably means he’s rich. Jasmine is smart, she will understand.
Let’s be clear: there was no way for Smith to match Robin Williams’ original performance, nor do I think he would try. Williams emanated energy through the screen in a way that could never be duplicated, and Smith himself has always praised the original version.
But, unlike his version of “A faithful friend”, which is a rap, so we could say he makes the number his own, this scene is choral. And it’s worse than bad. It is boring. The entire clip is presented as a Disneyland parade with a notable lack of energy on the part of Smith, who makes his way through what is supposed to be Aladdin’s final advertising campaign.
I’m not sure anymore that the movie is not a Disney Channel style with some highlights (like Scott’s song). If this is how Disney is going to sell us the idea that we need a remake with real Aladdin actors marching through our streets, then the prince we see above is not my authentic Prince Ali.