Monday, June 17, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 15
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A DOG’S JOURNEY
ALADDIN
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: FAERIE TALE THEATRE
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: Green Porno
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STREET FOOD
BLAST FROM THE PAST: GODSPELL
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BOOKSMART
CAPTAIN MARVEL
DARK PHOENIX
EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3—PARABELLUM
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
ROCKETMAN
SHAFT
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE COLOR OF FRIENDSHIP

ALADDIN

PHOTO BY COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY PICTURES

ALADDIN


Where is it playing?: Movies Lompoc, Parks Plaza

What's it rated?: PG

User Rating: 0.00 (1 Votes)

Co-writer and director Guy Richie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) helms this live-action remake of Disney’s animated 1992 film of the same name. Mena Massoud takes on the title role as a kindhearted street urchin who dreams of winning the heart of Jasmine (Naomi Scott), a princess living a constricted life. Aladdin is ordered by Grand Vizier Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) to bring him a magical lamp, but Aladdin soon discovers the lamp, when rubbed, releases a genie (Will Smith), who grants the lamp bearer’s wishes. Can Aladdin use the genie to stop Jafar’s evil intentions and win the heart of his love?

I would be very interested to see this Aladdin one more time (probably an understatement) with someone who has never seen the original. This year’s remake is by no means better than the 1992 film, but it’s still a gem in its own right—or should I say a diamond in the rough? But I’m curious if there are any huge faults I’m ignoring because my brain is subconsciously filling in those blanks with plot details from the original film. I need an outsider’s perspective! Who out there hasn’t seen the animated film? Putting a Craigslist ad out tonight: Seeking someone who had a terrible childhood.

If you peek at the film’s reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, you’ll notice how polarizing the reactions to Aladdin have been—with a critics’ score of 58 percent versus an audience score of 94 percent. I’m happy (and darn proud) to say I’m with the latter crowd. There’s nothing glaringly bad about Aladdin that I can think of—and believe me, I’ve tried. But please, don’t go in expecting Smith’s take as the genie to top Robin Williams’ unmatchable performance. Smith does his own thing. It’s nowhere near Williams’ level, but it’s enjoyable enough. The overall vibe reminded me a lot of Hitch, where Smith played a dating coach who mentors a bumbling client (Kevin James) into winning someone’s heart.

Massoud has great chemistry with both Smith and Scott, but now I can’t help imagining James in the Aladdin role. Aladdin Blart: Mall Cop? Quick, I need a lamp. I have a wish. (128 min.)




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