Sunday 16 June 2019

Aladdin review: 'This Aladdin remake is fine, but I’m not sure I see the point of it'

3 stars

Will Smith as the Genie in Disney's Aladdin
Will Smith as the Genie in Disney's Aladdin
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Disney’s grimly determined quest to bring us live-action versions of all their classic animations continues with Aladdin, a CGI-rich affair directed by Guy Ritchie and based on the enduringly popular 1992 cartoon, in which Robin Williams voiced a very chatty genie.

This time the magic mantle falls to Will Smith, enhanced by science and turned a fetching shade of blue, who emerges from an ancient lamp to grant chancy street kid Aladdin (Mena Massoud) three wishes, most of which will involve the beautiful Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott).

Will Smith is nothing like as annoyingly smug as he can be here, and Mr. Ritchie’s direction is competent, if soulless.

This Aladdin remake is fine, but I’m not sure I see the point of it.

(PG, 128mins)

Also releasing this week:

Rocketman review: 'Extraordinarily good, and gives us Elton John in his magnificent prime'

 

Secret Life of Pets 2 review: 'Isn’t quite as funny as the first, but the animation’s lovely'

 

Memoir of War review: 'Melanie Thierry’s portrayal of the alternately tender and ruthless writer is fascinating'

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