Disney’s Live-Action Adaptations Ranked And Rated

Sofi SheppardSofi Sheppard in Entertainment, Film
Published 02.08.19
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We all love a little bit of Disney every now and then, whether we like to admit it or not.

With its broad spectrum of movies ranging from the classics to venturing into the Marvel Universe or the land of Disney princesses, there’s something for everyone. In recent years Disney has started rebooting some of its classics, which have become some of the most successful movies at the box office. So we’ve decided to rank them.

Please don’t hate me – this is just my opinion.

10) Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

It’s always hard creating a sequel; will it be as good or better than the first? Will people want the story continued? Can there be any more character additions? Well, in this case, no. I was highly disappointed by this sequel. This was one Disney classic that should have been left alone. Although Emily Blunt did a good job, no one could ever replace Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins. Also, the movie is set in 1930’s London yet we see Mary Poppins riding around on a  BMX mid dance…really? It just doesn’t make sense.

Whilst I appreciated what Disney tried to do, with its star-studded cast, this sequel wasn’t up there with the best of the best. Sorry Disney.

9) Alice in Wonderland (2010)

If I’m being honest, the nonsense tale of Alice in Wonderland isn’t one of my Disney favourites. Although it’s directed by the magnificent Tim Burton, the Cheshire Cat has always and will ALWAYS give me the creeps. However, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter have always worked well together and they are probably the best part of the movie.

It may have a slightly better review score than its sequel, but it still isn’t one of Disney’s best.

8) Maleficent (2014)

An absolutely stunning performance by Angelina Jolie, telling the whirlwind tale of the wicked Maleficent. It really does capture the hardship of her life and explains why she is the way she is.

Action packed and quite dark for a Disney movie, it’s not hard to see why it’s been given a sequel that’s due to be released in October (2019), called Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Even the name gives me chills…

7) Christopher Robin (2018)

It was GENIUS to remake our beloved, honey-loving, yellow bear. Ewan McGregor gave a marvellous take on an older Christopher Robin and really brought the old gang back together in this heart-warming, laughter-filled reboot of Winnie the Pooh. A great reboot, which received a respectable 72% on Rotten Tomatoes.

6) Dumbo (2019)

We all know the absolute heart-wrenching tale of Dumbo the flying elephant, so I came prepared with tissues when watching this movie in the cinema. And boy did I need them! As soon as little Dumbo flapped his ears and flew, boom – tears streaming down my face.

With a quirky spin on the classic story, Tim Burton really did a good job re-creating this Disney tale. You can’t help but experience a rollercoaster of emotions; you will laugh, cry, smile, the lot!

5) Cinderella (2015)

Cinders was the first of the Disney princesses to have a reboot and it was a great one at that. It boasted a star-studded cast consisting of Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett and even Uncle Bryn (Rob Brydon) from Gavin and Stacey.

This reboot is a by-the-book copy of the original 1950 animation, which is what makes it so great. Seeing the animation come to life is just as magical as Helena Bonham-Carter playing the fairy godmother. A solid effort.

4) Beauty and The Beast (2017)

A true masterpiece. Not only is the love story captured so well but the casting is inspired. Emma Watson as Belle and Luke Evans as Gaston is superb. The soundtrack is also spot-on as well as the right amount of action sequences, enough to keep you on your toes, but not too violent (it is Disney after all). With a well-deserved 71% from Rotten Tomatoes this reboot is definitely one of the best *insert chefs kiss*.

 

3) The Lion King (2019)

Another Disney movie that requires a box of tissues on hand. We all know the traumatic death of Mufasa was coming again but it was still as heart-breaking as the first time.  The casting choices for the voices in this movie couldn’t have been more perfect either, especially in terms of our beloved duo, Pumba and Timone voiced by Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner.

The music in this movie is absolutely fantastic and every time I listen to Beyoncé and Donald Glover’s version of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” I cry!

Definitely up there with the best of the best reboots.

2) The Jungle Book (2016)

This movie was Jon Favreau’s directing debut and a bloomin’ marvellous one at that. The CGI in this movie was absolutely unbelievable – it just looked so real.

Mowgli was played to perfection by Neel Sethi who was only 12 when filming and again, the voice acting from Bill Murray who plays Baloo and Christopher Walken as King Louis and Idris Elba as Shere Khan is wonderful.

Again, what an excellent reboot with a staggering 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.

1) Aladdin (2019)

This in my opinion, is by far the best Disney reboot. I *accidentally* went to the cinema three times to see it. Everything about this movie is truly amazing; the cast, soundtrack, filming locations, the plot. EVERYTHING!

Will Smith as the genie is phenomenal and although he had big shoes to fill after Robin Williams’ outstanding version in the 1992 original, he did a pretty awesome job.

The musical score in the film is seriously addictive, especially Jasmine’s (Naomi Scott’s) original song Speechless, filmed in one take.  Scott puts a modern, more powerful spin on a once helpless Princess Jasmine, and it pays off. Mena Masood’s debut performance as our well-loved “diamond in the rough,” Aladdin,  is played magnificently, and the rags-to-riches tale is told extremely well.

Well there we have it, there’s the new Disney reboots, ranked and reviewed. There will be a few more to be added to the list in upcoming months such as: Mulan coming in March 2020, The Lady and The Tramp and The Little Mermaid which rumour has it, may feature Harry Styles as Prince Eric *swoon*.

I can’t wait!

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