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First Look at Aladdin

Today, Entertainment Weekly released their exclusive first look of the new live action Aladdin movie by Walt Disney Studios. Whilst the trailer did look aesthetically pleasing and brought back some great memories, this movie is going to suffer from the get-go due to the incredible advertising campaign for The Lion King. This preview is the first true look at the characters on camera and see what direction they are taking this story, and I have been hoping for some good stuff from the set of Aladdin. Let’s have a look at a few of the shots shown and see what we make of it.
Aladdin (2019) – source: Walt Disney Studios / EW
Unfortunately, the worst of the images comes right at the start with the front cover for EW. This to me doesn’t scream Hollywood blockbuster, but instead the local pants. Everything here feels so staged and unnatural, from Mena Massoud’s (Aladdin) smile to Will Smith’s (the Genie) posture. This feels cheesy and this cover art was not a good decision. Whilst it is understood that the Genie is currently in his human form for this cover and he will be mainly CGI throughout the film, and I expect that the CGI department aren’t yet ready with the design, I feel starting the big campaign off by not showing the CGI Genie is a bad decision from Disney. This is only the cover art though, and not any of the official shots of the film.
Aladdin (2019) – source: Walt Disney Studios

This shot is definitely a lot more promising, yet it still feels a little unnatural. I am not sure why they edited this show to make the characters of Jasmine and Aladdin stand out, but the light on them definitely feels fake and with their clothes being as colourful as they are, the extra lighting here feels unnecessary. I also still get a fake sense to Massoud’s smile, but Naomi Scott looks stunning here as Jasmine. They seem to be playing with culture in terms of the clothing, and that only makes it more exciting to me to see the land of Agrabah come to life.

Aladdin (2019) – source: Walt Disney Studios
It was always going to be tough to recreate the character of Jafar in live action, but this almost seems bland. I am not a fan of the costume, as they have seemed to take away the simplicity of the costume from the animated version of Jafar. He also doesn’t seem to feel powerful or demanding, despite holding the Genie lamp. With no Iago by his side in this remake either, this worries me that Jafar will be toned down and end up not being as great of a villain as he should be and is in the original.
Aladdin (2019) – source: Walt Disney Studios
Whilst we may not see the CGI Genie just yet, we do get to see a glimpse of Abu and he looks stunning. Of course, after seeing how well done the Lion King trailer looked for the CGI animals, there is nothing to be shocked about here. However, Abu seems to have more expression and for this type of film, it works brilliantly. He looks absolutely adorable and this is definitely the best shot that was shown by EW today.
What are your thoughts on this preview of Aladdin? Has it made you more excited for the movie, or are you now worried about how the final product will turn out? Are you like me, who thinks that the advertising campaign hasn’t been strong so far, but has faith that Disney will make a good movie by the end of it? Let me know in the comments below.

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