2019

Aladdin (2019)

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FILM INFO

A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes. The first ever Live Adaptation of Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie under Disney Movies.

CAST: Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Marwan Kenzari, Billy Magnussen, Nasim Pedrad, Numan Acar & Navid Negahban

GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

Everything about the first ever Live Adaptation of this well-loved Classic Animation is PERFECT & MAGICAL. Aladdin is basically the love story we all admire during my younger years. It was the Fantasy of my childhood years. And yes, the live adaptation gave justice to this classic masterpiece. What I like about Aladdin is their brave move to cast a not-so-mainstream actors and actresses aside from Will Smith. Aside from that, the live adaptation captured the original content while reinventing a modern approach and minor touches with some details you loved even before. First thing, Special Effects are highly-impressive. I am really amazed on how they visualized the Kingdom where Aladdin and Jasmine lives. Also, the Magic Carpet Ride was brilliantly-done along with Abu (the joyful monkey) and of course, the Genie. The Production Number of Genie during their first meet-up of Aladdin is the movie’s most perfect and highly-entertaining part. It was a visual spectacle and it will truly be one of the books for this 2019 adaptation. The Props, Costumes & Setting were on-point and impressive. I really like the Bollywood-inspired numbers. For the Musical Part, this was also one of the movie’s strengths. It was executed well and it was very engaging & visually-compelling. Jasmine’s Speechless Song was the highlight. Acting-wise, I am pretty satisfied. Mena as Aladdin was the perfect choice. His physical appearance and impressing acting & charm really made him deserving for this role. On the other hand, Jasmine was great and epic. She was the cream and the crop of the whole movie. Her singing parts were great too. Her beauty and charm really made her worthy of the role as Jasmine. The Villain (Jafar) was also a good choice. What I loved the most is Will Smith portraying Genie. He actually proved all the doubts on him on the early announcement of the adaptation. He was entertaining and he was almost perfect for his role as Genie. Parents need not to worry for this movie too since its rated G – General Patronage. Overall as an Aladdin Fan, I am pleased and satisfied. I am so excited for the follow-up movie. I hope they would release it sooner.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

C’mon! Everything about the movie is either nostalgic or perfect.

RATINGS:

10/10 POPCORN

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2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’s impressive Production design is not enough to cover up its messy plot.

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When the Arthur’s father was murdered, his uncle, Vortigern succeeded the crown. Arthur grew up far from the kingdom and into the back alleys of the city. But as soon as he pulled off the sword from the stone, his life changed and he is force to acknowledge his legacy and the people who are rooting for him. This movie is directed by Guy Ritchie under Warner Bros. Pictures.

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Jude Law, Eric Bana & Annabelle Wallis.

Genre: Action, Adventure (PG 13)

WHAT I LIKE?

King Arthur’s strength lies in its production design. As far as any classical and period film is concern, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is one those memorable movies with impressive and very consistent set design that is truly one of Hollywood’s finest. I really like the visual editing and the set-up of the whole area. Cinematography and sound engineering is good. CGI effects are well-executed too. Aside from that, action sequences were greatly translated into the film. Camera angels were creative most of the time too. The variety of characters in the film were also a thing to watch out for. The cast is generally good on their portrayals. What I like also about the movie is its light attack and mixture of comedy. Its a modern twist of a classic piece. Its also a fast-paced movie with lots of exciting moments and some dull moments too.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

If you don’t have any idea and background about King Arthur, probably you’ll end up confused and bored in the film. Honestly, I cannot remember his story and upon seeing this film, I am a bit lost. That’s the major problem of this film – even those non-fans will find it hard to blend it with very classical origins that should have been better with even story-telling and a bit of slowing down in terms of sequences. Too much is happening and there is no room for audience to digest its messy and confusing plot. I had some issues with consistency as well. In telling a classic piece, it must be uniform from set until the conversations. The conversations were too lame for the period they are trying to live in. I mean, it should have reflected the way people act and speak during those times but for me, I see a bunch of characters in a 2017 movie kind of feels. Overall, its still a fun flick to watch.

RATINGS:

6/10 Popcorns

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