I’ve said time and again that I’m a huge sucker for these Disney live-action movies. I may complain when I see the trailers that they’re doing nothing to set themselves apart from the source material, but I’ve enjoyed pretty much every one I’ve seen regardless, and the recently-released Aladdin adaptation wasn’t an exception. Like Beauty and the Beast before it, in addition to skewing close to its animated counterpart, it also added a little bit of extra character and world-building.
One way they did this in Aladdin was through the fleshing out of Jasmine’s arc. In the original film, she does express her desire to go beyond the castle walls, and she does prove to be incredibly picky with her suitors, but she isn’t really given a full-on arc. That is fixed in the adaptation, which sees her vying for the Sultan role.
But, her entire life, she’s been told she should be seen, not heard, and in one of the key moments of the film, we get a powerful moment that sees her actually taking a stand. It’s a great moment, and it’s highlighted by actress Naomi Scott’s fantastic singing abilities, which can be seen above.
Below is the official synopsis of Aladdin:
“A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, Aladdin is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s Aladdin. The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim.”
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