First Impressions of…Aladdin

A new trailer for Disney’s upcoming live action remake  of Aladdin has been released. LLLC’s Emma Clarendon  shares her thoughts…

As one of the many live action remakes that we can expect from Disney this year, Aladdin is definitely up there in terms of the films that I’m most looking forward to seeing this year.

Filled with hints of the magic that is to be expected from the film, this new trailer offers audiences their first glimpses of Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Marwen Kenzari as Jafar.

When the trailer came out, a few Disney fans through social media expressed their dismay at their first glimpse of Will Smith as the genie – a role iconically played by Robin Williams and it is that sense of loyalty to his portrayal that makes it difficult to see how Smith is going to make his own mark on the character. However, it should be noted that Will Smith has just as much as big personality to as Williams to carry out the role well and with enough confidence to make the character completely his own.

Elsewhere, the trailer also gives audiences a glimpse of Marwen Kenzari as Jafar. Although the only line that he delivers in the clip is ‘bring me the lamp’, it doesn’t sound to be delivered with uttermost conviction or with any sense of the dark intentions of the character – but again we will have to wait and see how Kenzari’s interpretation of the character comes to life in full.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, this trailer offers glimpses of the lavishness of the film – showing that no expense has been spared, particularly in the brief glimpse of the spectacular looking parade filled with colour. The way in which the film has been shot (judging by this trailer) is sharp and makes the most of the scenery – it all looks beautiful in the way in which it seems to want make the story come vividly to life.

Overall, this trailer has successfully made me even more excited about this film being released – I have a feeling it will add more depth and understanding to the story.

By Emma Clarendon

Aladdin will be released in cinemas on the 24th May.

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