The grand vizier (Marwan Kenzari) plots to have the Sultan overthrown with help from a magic lamp and makes a young thief (Mena Massoud) enter the Cave of Wonders to find it. This remake of yet another Disney animated film lived up to its ambition to have a more diverse cast; Massoud and Naomi Scott are capable as Aladdin and his princess, even if Kenzari is less effective as Jafar. Will Smith brings a dose of star power, making the Genie his own character. The film presents a lively, appealing fairy tale and offers slightly updated versions of the original movie’s songs; a new addition is different but worthwhile.
2019-U.S. 128 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Guy Ritchie. Screenplay: John August, Guy Ritchie. Music: Alan Menken. Song: ”Speechless” (Pasek & Paul). Cast: Will Smith (Genie/Mariner), Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Jasmine), Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad.