Aladdin - A film review by Arwen

Amazing, extraordinary, breath-taking. These are just some of the words to describe the new Aladdin movie.

Aladdin has been out for a few weeks now and personally I have seen it twice – and I don’t think that is enough. I want to see it again. And to think it all started in 1709 as a story that went on to have many adaptions. There has been a Disney movie, a musical, live action pantomimes and more. I myself have seen at least one of each of these examples. If I had to rate them from my favourite to least favourite it would have to go like this: new movie, musical, pantomime, cartoon and book. Before you start judging me on my decisions let me explain – I put the movie first because I loved it and I put the West End musical second because it was really good but the ending was a bit quick. The pantomime was next because, and I know this is a bit biased, my dad played Abanaza in a local production by RAMPS Theatre Group. My uncle was Widow Twankey in another production and I enjoyed them both. I put the cartoon fourth because I can’t remember it that well. What I can remember of it was that it was good. Finally, I put the book last but only because I have never read it.

Anyway, back to the review. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The songs were beautiful and the actors perfect for each and every role. My favourite characters, I must say, have to be the new character Dhalia and then none other than the Genie himself. These characters were hilarious and (spoiler alert) well suited for each other. I know there was a lot of backlash against him but I have to say Marwan Zenzari’s performance as Jafar was outstanding.  People may have said his voice wasn’t intimidating or that he was too short but I feel that the fact that he was sort of quiet made him seem really menacing. Last but not least, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, as Aladdin and Jasmin, they were awesome.

I would recommend this movie to anyone, even if they don’t like musicals and I give it five out of five stars. Please, if you haven’t watched the movie already, go and see it.   

 

Christiana Richardson