What is it about
Please, let’s not talk about how gorgeous Mena Massoud in this movie, with that hair and dimples or I won’t be able finish writing this entry. He’s not like the typical prince I’ve learned to love my whole life – he’s not the type that I would fall in love with at first sight, but he surely captured my heart as the story progresses and that’s important. This boy taught us that not only princes can save damsels in distress, for a street rat like him can also do that much, and more. With the help of more able friends he won by being the good-hearted person that he is (Abu, the Magic Carpet and the Genie), he was able to show our Princess Jasmine the wonders of the real world, beyond the safety of the palace walls. Aladdin also made me realize that pretending to be someone else would only cause disaster. Look at what happened to him and Jasmine during their first encounter with him as Prince Ali.
Oh yes, Naomi Scott is just as gorgeous for a princess, and I can’t say more about her powerful voice (oh how I love that Speechless song towards the near-end). Her features and the costumes all together gave me that Bollywood vibes, in a good way. She’s one of the perfect depictions of women back in the day, when we are not allowed to speak our minds and all we had to do is stay at home and be the pretty wife that husbands could flaunt their friends during drunken feasts. Good thing she knows herself too well – she deserved more than being silent and a woman in search of a perfect husband to whom she could entrust her kingdom.
Great power comes with a great price, and that’s the only thing I remember about Jafar and what happened to him in the end. Marwan Kenzari did great even if he doesn’t look as scary as the animated Jafar. Actually, he kind of reminds me of the Middle Eastern CEOs we normally interview at work that my colleagues would sometimes drool over.
Aladdin is the most magical of all the Disney’s live action films to date. In my opinion at least. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard before I saw Prince Ali backflipped in front of Princess Jasmine. It has been a long time since I cried in a grateful-for-this-friendship scene between Aladdin and the Genie. And that magic carpet ride? Oh, that magic carpet ride took me to a different place where there are fireworks and music and stars. The entire cinema experience is just pure magic I was in a whole new world with them.