A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.
There are few surprises in this live-action remake of the Disney animated classic and the film does suffer from a bloated running time much as the Beauty and the Beast re-do did. Yet, the sheer beauty of the film, the appealing nature of the two leads (Men Massoud & Naomi Scott) and Will Smith’s distinctive turn as the Genie in the lamp makes the film worthwhile. Visually delightful, consistently funny and unabashedly romantic, this is a family film that will please most in your brood.
Visually, this is a stunning feat along with incredible action stunts and choreography. The story is solid, but the additional 30 minutes to this version makes it suffer with the pacing slowing down way too much to hold little ones’ attention let alone an adults’. Naomi Scott’s portrayal of Princess Jasmine is a refreshing one as she has strength, independence, and intelligence; not relying on a man or a prince to rescue her from her confining situation. While I prefer the Robin Williams’ voice-over version of the Genie, Smith creates his own character thanks to CGI and his on-screen charm.