2019 is filled with all kinds of Disney movies some looking to wrap up long time stories and others looking to bring us nostalgia by re-making classics. One of those classics being brought to life is Aladdin, set to hit theaters May 24th, 2019 directed by Guy Ritchie. It stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Will Smith as the Genie and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Tonight during the 61st annual Grammy Awards, we got our first TV spot for the film which gave us our first look at Smith as the blue skinned Genie, take a look above?
If you can recall back in December, Entertainment Weekly released our first look at the characters of Aladdin, with one very human non-blue Genie. This of course set social media on fire with negative reactions about Smith’s first images as the classic Disney character voiced by the late Robin Williams. It got to the point where Smith felt compelled to post on his Instagram that “and yes, I’m gonna be BLUE!”. He also revealed that the images that had been released were what the character looks like in a human disguise form.
Smith once again posted on Instagram today after the spot was aired.
So as you saw at the end of the spot above, we finally saw what the Genie will look like for most of the film. I’ve seen the trailer several times and there is something off about the Genie that has me worried about the character. Not sure if it’s the shade of blue they chose or just the fact that Smith is playing the character. But let’s be honest we can’t judge the character by just a few seconds of film, we’ll have to wait and see his overall performance as well as the CGI work in the final cut of the film.
But besides the Genie there are some great moments in the spot that any Aladdin fan can recognize. Like Aladdin & Abu entering the cave of wonders, what looks like the parade that Genie puts together for Aladdin’s presentation as Prince Ali, what looks like Aladdin taking Jasmine’s hand right before the classic “A Whole New World” song and the collapse of the cave of wonders. Personally I like the dramatic score that is based on the “Friend Like Me” song from the original film.
Besides my feelings about the Genie, it looks like it’s going to be a good film. What are your thoughts on the genie and the spot in general? Let us know in the comment section below!
Disney’s Aladdin will be summoned to theaters May 24th, 2019.
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