Aladdin fans fear not, it’s live action film, Disney Aladdin pays honor to the classic while finding a way to make it its own. OK, I was one of those fans that had some concerns, especially when the previews didn’t do a great job of drawing my family in. I was also hesitant about Will Smith playing the role of the Genie. After all, who could be a better job than the late Robin Williams.


Even with all of my initial concerns, I could not wait to watch it. Thankfully, I had no need for concern. I mean nothing will top the original but this version was quite entertaining and Will Smith found a way to make the character his own. He even modified the song “Friend Like Me” and I enjoyed it.

I like that for the most part they stuck with the original story, adding a few things to make it their own but leaving it as is for us fans of the original. There were a few other things I enjoyed…

  • Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and Jasmine (Naomi Scott) had very good chemistry.
  • Everything was visually stunning and the costumes were beautiful.
  • The dance scene. I found it to be quite entertaining.
  • Abu, but how can you not. He was lovable in the original and just as lovable in this version as well.

What I didn’t buy was Jasmine having a pet tiger. I mean it wasn’t realistic in the original either but even more so in a live action film.

Is this movie good for kids? Absolutely! I was pleasantly surprised that there weren’t any bad words in the movie (which is rare these days, yet this proves that it can be done). As for violence, there are some scenes that the younger kiddos might find to be a little intense but I don’t think it anything too bad.

One more pic for you to enjoy before heading to see Disney Aladdin is in theaters May 24, 2019. This pic is of Naomi Scott and I.

Naomi Scott

More about Aladdin

Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer, Jafar, from overthrowing young Jasmine’s kingdom.