Second Opinion – Aladdin (2019)

Aladdin, 2019.

Directed by Guy Ritchie.

Starring Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen.


A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Disney’s live-action remakes will always attract questioners. “Cartoons preserve Disney’s secret sauce!” “Why update a classic!” All the hits. In some cases, the opposition might have a point. In Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin? What’s lacking in hand-drawn vitality is rescued by pivoting major plot points to reflect conversations that dominate 2019’s ongoing battle for inclusivity. As my generation fondly heralds 1992’s vaulted classic, new generations have an Aladdin all unto themselves. One that justifies reincarnation through intent and entertainment, noting a sluggish beginning that requires Will Smith’s genie to summon Ritchie’s magic formula.

Mena Massoud stars as Arabian street urchin Aladdin,

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