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Early Reviews for Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Say It’s Another Hit for Disney

It comes out in less than a week.


According to critics, it really is a whole new world for Disney. Despite skepticism that its live-action remake of Aladdin would fall flat of the original cartoon, early reviews on Twitter suggest otherwise, praising the film’s cast and creativity.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the remake ever since Disney announced that Mena Massoud would play Aladdin and Naomi Scott would play Jasmine, as people questioned whether the duo would be able to do justice to the characters. Things got even more questionable when fans were treated to a sneak peek of Will Smith as the iconic blue genie (originally played by Robin Williams) and were aghast at his very humanized appearance.

However, many critics, having seen early screenings of Aladdin, are now admitting that Smith was one of the best parts of the flick. In the words of Moviefone’s Drew Taylor, anyone who doubted Smith “will be eating their words” after they watch the movie themselves.

Alisha Grauso of Screenrant also addressed the skeptics of Massoud and Scott, remarking that the pair’s chemistry was on-point and that they anchored the entire film. (In a follow-up tweet, she even said that “Mena Massoud is *absolutely* gonna be the sexual awakening for a bunch of teens.”)

A lot of people also loved the movie’s musical numbers, along with the colorful costumes and sets.

And perhaps the best compliment came from Gizmodo’s Germain Lussier, who claimed that the remake captured the nostalgia of the original 1992 classic, which is exactly what many fans were worried about.

However, it wasn’t all positive. Digital Spy hinted that Jafar, played by Marwan Kenzari, may not have lived up to expectations and that the movie as a whole, was a bit of a flop.

Fans don’t have much longer to form their own opinions of the highly-anticipated film. Aladdin will be released in theaters nationwide this Friday, May 24.