A giant bird chases the heroes, causing damage.
Jafar is scary when he wields his full powers. Genie is forced to make even dangerous wishes come true. References to both Jasmine's mother and Aladdin's parents being dead. Carpet is damaged during an action scene, which could upset some young kids. Flirting, hand-holding, dancing, a few kisses. A woman calls Aladdin "tasty" in a song lyric. Some insults: "street rat," "riffraff," "nothing," "scoundrel," "thief," etc. Misogynist comments like Jasmine should "be seen and not heard," "be silent," "hurry up, woman," etc. Nothing in film itself, but off camera Disney has endless merchandising tie-ins, from apparel and accessories to toys and games.
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The effects and the live-action factor make the scenes of peril and danger feel more intense than in the cartoon although it's pretty tame for a Guy Ritchie -directed movie. There are chases, falls, and near deaths, as well as one confirmed fatality when villain Jafar pushes a man down a dark well. The cave crumbles and spews lava, a giant bird pursues the characters, guards are armed with weapons, and there are references to dead parents.
Language is very mild, with just a few insults along the lines of "street rat"; characters flirt and kiss, and Genie tosses back a couple of martinis. Add your rating See all 74 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 69 kid reviews. Thanks to its appealing leads and a strong soundtrack, Disney's live-action remake is considerably better than expected, even if Smith's Genie isn't as memorable as Williams' original.
With his crooked smile and earnest voice, Massoud is perfectly cast as Aladdin although it feels like the hair department worked too hard to get that one piece of mussed fringe "just so". He has a lovely chemistry with Scott's Jasmine, who's much more of a feminist here than in the animated version.
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Aladdin and Jasmine's shared songs are well executed, and "A Whole New World" continues to pack an emotional punch. As for Smith, whose role has been widely criticized on social media, let's just say that he's much easier to handle in disguise as Prince Ali's human adviser, rather than as the slightly off-putting blue CGI Genie.
The movie's production values are high, but Ritchie isn't in his element directing a musical; he's no Rob Marshall. The action scenes are more his thing, and he even manages to include his special slow-motion shots in a few scenes. Bottom line?
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Despite the heavy Smith-focused promotion, Aladdin ultimately and fittingly belongs to rising stars Massoud and Scott. Families can talk about Aladdin 's potentially scary or violent parts. Is it scarier to see scenes in live action than in animation? How much scary stuff can young kids handle? How do the characters in Aladdin demonstrate courage and integrity?
Why are these important character strengths? Discuss the differences between this version and the original. Or the lyrical changes to the original songs? Is there anything missing that you'd have liked to see? What mistakes does Aladdin make throughout the story?
What are the consequences for those mistakes? Does he redeem himself? Why is it important for kids to see consequences in movies? How does Jasmine compare to other Disney princesses?
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Parents' Ultimate Guide to Support our work! Find the best for your family See what's streaming, limit strong violence or language, and find picks your kids will love with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now. Live-action remake has charming stars, intense moments. PG minutes. Rate movie. Watch or buy. Parents recommend Popular with kids. Based on 74 reviews. Based on 69 reviews.
Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options X of Y Official trailer. We think this movie stands out for: Character Strengths. A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this movie. The Genie doesn't transform into any number of other creatures or people in the live-action film, and some may be disappointed by one big omission from the film's final fight against Jafar.
What should be a majestic Cave of Wonders falls flat as a lackluster, dark, and dreary cavern with gold littered everywhere. It's unclear whether so much of the film's budget went into creating a realistic city of Agrabah Disney's press notes say the massive set created was the size of two football fields , costumes, and props that they had no more room to add in some of the animated film's most memorable moments.
Or perhaps that's where the limitations of CGI come in with a film as magical as "Aladdin. So it's all a bit frustrating when we see Iago turned into a giant version of himself. It's a moment teased in the trailers, and that appears to take the place of an iconic moment from the original film.
If you were thrown off by this moment in the trailers, it's not any better in the film. Speaking of Iago, Jafar's beloved parrot has a lot of clever and punchy one-liners in the animated film. He does here too, but sometimes they're said so quietly or quickly that's it's easy to miss them. Most upsetting is that the live-action remake cuts out and changes one of the best moments of the animated movie, making for a watered-down, lame reveal.
Jafar never gets to sing his "Prince Ali" reprise in which he embarrasses Aladdin in front of Jasmine and her father leading to a huge turning point in the film. The live-action moment is less monumental and pretty forgettable.