Movie Reviews

“Aladdin” 2019 Movie Review

Last night we got a sneak peek of the new Disney movie, Aladdin, at the Indiana State Museum IMAX in Indianapolis, Indiana with theCityMoms of Greater Indianapolis! Aladdin comes out in theatres on Friday, May 24th, 2019.

Aladdin fondly brings back childhood memories of a funny, blue genie and Princess Jasmine costumes. Will Smith plays the genie in this new film and he was an excellent actor for the role! In my 90s child mind, it will always be hard to replace Robin Williams as he was the original voice behind the genie when the movie first appeared in 1992. Also unlike the original animated film, the new Aladdin is a live-action remake with lots of lights, camera and action effects going on. I definitely recommend seeing it at the IMAX!

I left this pre-screening fully satisfied with what I experienced. Honestly, it was BETTER than I expected it to be. I went in as the skeptical 90s child, wondering if a childhood favorite might be ruined by a cheesy remake – I was wrong. I loved this movie, the actors in it, and the music. Speaking of music, you’ll hear the originals as well as what I believe may have been a few new songs.

Mena Massoud plays Aladdin and although I’ve never seen him in other films, my teenage daughters enjoyed drooling over him and inquiring about how old he was. In case anyone wants to know, and much to my daughters’ dismay, he’s 27 years old and makes for a great younger looking actor!

Naomi Scott plays Princess Aladdin and is a former Power Ranger (the pink one!). She was also familiar to my daughters and for good reason, she’s been seen on the Disney Channel before. I think we all agreed that Marwan Kenzari, who played Jafar, also has some award-winning moments throughout the film.

Aladdin is rated PG, and I believe that is a suitable rating for this film. I did not detect any language and feel that it is very family-friendly. It is rated PG primarily for some fantasy violence and for this reason, I wouldn’t recommend it to little ones because it could be scary. There are a few loud scenes with fighting, explosions, and intense moments when Aladdin gets caught in the lava-filled Cave of Wonders at the beginning and Jafar becomes a sorcerer at the end of the film. I think it is suitable and gets 2-thumbs up for children ages 6 and up and families!

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