The 1992 version featuring Robin Williams as the blue Genie is an absolute classic, so to remake it all live-actiony was a bold move.
Like most fans, I had high hopes for the reboot until they were quickly dashed upon seeing Will Smith’s version. My jaw actually dropped in a similar way to how original Genie’s does.
He honestly looked like a bad pantomime villain.
And don’t get me started on the CGI – horrendous. Like Scorpion King horrendous.
It’s like Will Smith’s face has been badly Photoshopped onto one of the Blue Man Group.
Now, though, we’ve got our first proper look at the full trailer and in all honesty my appetite for the new version has barely increased at all.
Check it out below:
I’ll admit it looks better than the first teaser but I’m still not entirely convinced; Agrabah itself looks decent enough and Smith’s Genie looks infinitely more entertaining than the previous peak at him, but I just can’t get excited about it.
It just doesn’t seem have the same visual impact as the animated version, which is a genuine fear I have about the upcoming Lion King remake too.
What’s going on with Jafar as well? He was terrifying in the original and now he’s like a good-looking young buck. Ben Kingsley would have been perfect.
At least we got to see Princess Jasmine and Aladdin on their magic carpet ride. A Whole New World’s a classic isn’t it?
Still, people aren’t entirely convinced by Genie and I can’t really blame them. They were always going to be difficult… clogs (?) to fill.
However, many people have commented about how it’s an improvement on the last bit of Agrabah action we saw.
Looks better! Genie looked like ass in that teaser trailer.
— Niko (@NyNeeks) 12 March 2019
A lot better. Should never have released that teaser with incomplete CG
— Anthony Pepera ✏️🖱 (@otheranthony) 12 March 2019
See? I knew the visual effects for the Genie were still being worked on and would look much better next time we see him.
— Christian Hannah (@MR_C_HANNAH) 12 March 2019
After seeing this trailer I think I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt. Obviously, it’ll be no where near the animated standard but stand on its own two feet as a good movie. Let’s wait and see.
— Soup (@ZombiiSoup) 12 March 2019
Previously, Will Smith has spoken about the pressure of donning the famous blue of Genie, commenting:
“Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying. The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.”
Additionally, director Guy Ritchie, who is helming the remake, added:
“The great thing about the role of the Genie is that it’s essentially a hyperbole for who that individual actor is, so it’s a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on.”
Aladdin arrives in theaters via magic carpet on May 24th.
Fingers crossed it lives up to the original.
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