Aladdin (PG)



Romance (2019)
128mins US

Starring: Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Billy Magnussen, Mena Massoud
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer(s): John August, Guy Ritchie
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Street urchin Aladdin and his pet monkey Abu run amok on the streets of Agrabah. He falls in love with beautiful Princess Jasmine, who resents the rules imposed by her father, The Sultan. She yearns to break free and stand on her own two feet. The Sultan's chief adviser, Jafar, is plotting to seize power with his macaw Iago. He hopes to rule Agrabah by claiming a magic lamp, which lies deep within an enchanted cave. Jafar dispatches Aladdin into the bowels of the earth to steal the trinket.

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Aladdin (PG)

If a blue genie emerged from a magic lamp and granted me three wishes, I'd contemplate using the first to completely overhaul the unconvincing digital trickery in Guy Ritchie's musical fantasy. Every time the army of special effects wizards casts a spell over this live-action remake of the Oscar-winning 1992 Disney animation, charm and believability vanish in a puff of smoke. Abu the kleptomaniac monkey, Rajah the Bengal tiger, and Flying Carpet, which exist on computer hard drives, fail to meld seamlessly with the performances, lavish costumes and colour-drenched set design...

Aladdin. Copyright: 2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc. Caption: Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as Genie in Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie. Photo: Daniel Smith. All Rights Reserved.Fantasy and reality are at loggerheads throughout Aladdin, never more so than in Will Smith's motion-captured performance as the wise-cracking inhabitant of the lamp. Materialising as an oversized Smurf with an angry man-bun, the Fresh Prince feels stale and synthetic as he attempts to replicate the quickfire verbal gymnastics performed by Robin Williams in the original film. His performance only catches fire and burns bright when he's allowed to interact in the flesh with co-stars, leading a spectacular rendition of Prince Ali or nervously courting the princess's spirited handmaiden (Nasim Pedrad).

The unlikely hero is street urchin Aladdin (Mena Massoud), who runs amok on the streets of Agrabah with pet monkey Abu, stealing just enough to survive. He falls hopelessly in love with Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), who resents the rules imposed by her fusty father, the Sultan (Navid Negahban). Tradition dictates that Jasmine must marry a man of similar social standing so Aladdin is denied the thing he desires most and Jasmine must entertain oafish suitors including Prince Anders (Billy Magnussen).

Meanwhile, the Sultan's chief adviser Jafar (Marwen Kenzari) plots to seize power using a magic lamp, which lies deep within a Cave Of Wonders in the desert. Only a "diamond in the rough" is permitted to enter the subterranean lair so Jafar dispatches a clueless Aladdin into the bowels of the earth to steal the golden trinket. Jafar double-crosses Aladdin but it is the wily "street rat" who summons the Genie (Smith) with a cheeky rub and uses the first of his three wishes to reinvent himself as a dashing prince - surely a man worthy of Jasmine's fair hand.

The live-action Aladdin wisely pilfers the toe-tapping soundtrack from the 1992 film, updating the songbook by composer Alan Menken and writers Howard Ashman and Tim Rice with creative sparkle courtesy of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The Oscar-winning duo responsible for The Greatest Showman and La La Land provide empowering lyrics for Jasmine's MeToo-era anthem Speechless, which Scott delivers with fist-pumping gusto. She shares a gently simmering screen chemistry with Massoud and big musical numbers, especially the romantic duet A Whole New World, are beautifully choreographed for maximum visual impact. It's a kind of magical.

- Jo Planter

Aladdin. Copyright: 2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc. Caption: Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as Genie in Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie. Photo: Daniel Smith. All Rights Reserved.


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- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
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- Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings Theatre And Cinema
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
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- Bracknell, South Hill Park Arts Centre
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
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- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
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- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
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- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
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- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Haverhill, Haverhill Arts Centre
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
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- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
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- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
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- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- York, Vue York
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- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
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- Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings Theatre And Cinema
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- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
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- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Gainsborough, Trinity Arts Centre
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Herne Bay, Kavanagh Cinema
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Leeds, Harewood House
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
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- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
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