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IGN shows off an atrocious sneak peek of the new Aladdin movie on Twitter (about a minute of the Prince Ali song)

Oct 27, 2017
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You know... I think if they lean in hard to being self aware with how ridiculous this whole movie is... it just might be decent. I think it was pretty hilarious - like it's trying to be Bollywood but doesn't quite get there. I don't even see any other way they could go about it really if you must have that song scene.

 
One Jump Ahead by Broadway Aladdin (Adam Jacobs)

jett

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Oct 25, 2017
15,059
The thing is, there is one, and it looks (and sounds!) better
The Broadway Genie is amazing. And I also really like the guy that used to play Aladdin on there.


The dude just exudes charisma, and this cover is just fun as hell hah.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,887
There's no energy in the music. All the delivery is flat. There's hardly any glitz to the whole parade. And the set looks completely empty.

It looks like a prototype rehearsal for a play, before all the set pieces, choreography, and extras are ironed out.
 
Oct 25, 2017
17,877
USA
Not a fan and don't think this movie needs to exist, but 'atrocious' in the title is a bit much.
As somebody who has been willing to give this movie multiple chances.. And who thinks a lot of the TV spots look fun and promising, I would absolutely characterize this snippet as atrocious.
 
Oct 25, 2017
540
Looks like they threw a bunch of different Asian cultures in the blender and called it Arabia. The original was like that, but this seems a little more bold with actual people. This is like the movie version of when someone guesses where I'm from incorrectly, and then says "Ah, it's all the same" when they find out they're wrong.
 
Oct 25, 2017
103
So why is Genie simply strolling down the street singing, instead of transforming into random people in the crowd to get people to buy into Prince Ali? He's still singing the parts that are from those sequences! Why is this Genie so non-magical?

Edit: WHY ARE THE GOLDEN CAMELS SO TINY, THAT ISN'T IMPRESSIVE!
 
Oct 25, 2017
5,146
Atlanta GA
Honestly, it wasn’t bad.

Though it’s really lacking in energy and spirit compared to the original

Watching them side by side, it becomes really obvious:


It also, oddly enough, highlights how limited they are in a live action setting compared to an animated one. Genie can’t turn into all of those funny characters, the setting remains stagnant, and there’s really not much going on.

It becomes much more generic as a result.
That's not just a "live action" thing, they could have made a more stylized movie that would allow for all the crazy & zany things Genie does in the animation. But it's a combination of them deciding all these remake movies need to be more realistic and it's just the pure fact that Will Smith probably could not pull off those breaks in character as well as Robin Williams did.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,013
That's not just a "live action" thing, they could have made a more stylized movie that would allow for all the crazy & zany things Genie does in the animation. But it's a combination of them deciding all these remake movies need to be more realistic and it's just the pure fact that Will Smith probably could not pull off those breaks in character as well as Robin Williams did.
Now I’m picturing a universe where Edgar Wright directed this movie.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,083
Strong Island NY
The Broadway Genie is amazing. And I also really like the guy that used to play Aladdin on there.


The dude just exudes charisma, and this cover is just fun as hell hah.
Everyone saying "eh this is fine, dont get why people say its bad"...just listen to this dude on yt. This is like 100× better and what it should have been like.
 
Oct 27, 2017
2,072
With every new tv spot the movie looks better and better tbh. I like the in camera Bollywood vibe of their dance numbers. The vitriol this movie is getting seems a bit overblown.
This trailer is nice.

I think the clip in the OP encapsulates the original fine, just with a Will Smith twist. The lighting does look off, though I would say that is consistent in everything I’ve seen.
 
Oct 25, 2017
17,877
USA
With every new tv spot the movie looks better and better tbh. I like the in camera Bollywood vibe of their dance numbers. The vitriol this movie is getting seems a bit overblown.
Will Smith will never look good in CGI in this movie but this TV spot (and others like it) makes things actually look pretty good.

The complete opposite of the vibe in the OT video
 
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muteKi
Oct 22, 2018
5,276
a sunken pirate ship
Robin wanted nothing to do with Aladdin at the time so why are people pretending he’s some messiah
Wasn't that mainly because he'd agreed to do the role at standard rate if Disney didn't use him in advertising? And then they did and he was like FUCK YOU GUYS I'M OUTTA HERE and then Disney was like WELL GUESS WE GOTTA GO TALK TO HOMER SIMPSON
 
Oct 25, 2017
452
Italy, Rome
Keep sucking the fun and energy out of your classics Disney, you really found yourself a new talent with that.

God, I'm sorry, I know I'm being hyperbolic here, but I hate this live action trend so much.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Really wish there would be some silver lining people keep in mind about a movie like this being made. Good or bad, some of us of middle eastern descent want to see this succeed so we can normalize middle eastern characters on screen in a positive light more often than not and have them be portrayed by Arab actors.

I’m not asking to force themselves to like this or not shit on it, but as an Arab American myself, I just wanted to throw another angle on all of this

Also, many of us are excited for and familiar with the Bollywood productions on display here. This was a ballsy move and one that was really never not going to get made fun of my any American (watch any number of Bollywood movie trailers and just think of how many Era Threads would get created around them much like Aladdin does)

Carry on
 
Oct 25, 2017
972
It just lacks any oomph or passion it feels like. Like Will Smith was either given awful direction or just going through the motion.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,186
Australia
I'm a little surprised by the lack of energy, both in terms of the action happening and how it's been shot. It looks almost like a 90s music video; lots of dull, ground-level shots of the action from the same front-on angle.

It feels like they could've made it a lot more exciting than this, even if they can't match the original.
 
Oct 27, 2017
10,538
The Broadway Genie is amazing. And I also really like the guy that used to play Aladdin on there.


The dude just exudes charisma, and this cover is just fun as hell hah.
Watched a few of these and they're great, wow. Really highlights what's missing from the clip, I think.

Edit: Oh gosh, it's on Spotify too.
 

Stinkles

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Oct 25, 2017
11,592
I don't have time or bandwidth to be mad about it but I am legit surprised to find out Will Smith can't sing. I guess I just assumed he was a triple threat.
 
Oct 25, 2017
17,877
USA
I don't have time or bandwidth to be mad about it but I am legit surprised to find out Will Smith can't sing. I guess I just assumed he was a triple threat.
I mean Robin Williams didn't seem like he could sing (judging by his performance in Aladdin) but they made it work in the film
 

Bard

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
2,018
Will Smith sounds super bored singing the song.

The sequence lacks all the energy and extravagance of the original. The point of the Genie transforming into a bunch of different people was to try and make it so Aladdin was more well known and had a lot more general appeal. One, super bored sounding, hype man in the middle of a cheap looking 'parade' with a static camera is just dull.

Compeltely undermines the pompous wealth and showy display that the original goes for. Jesus, I was starting to have a bit of hope but damn that song was just neutered.
 
Oct 25, 2017
721
Every single cut to the balcony where Jasmine is makes that group feel like they are a mile away from the parade. They could not appear more disconnected from what’s happening.
This is just bad.
 
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jett

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Oct 25, 2017
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I don't have time or bandwidth to be mad about it but I am legit surprised to find out Will Smith can't sing. I guess I just assumed he was a triple threat.
Honestly I was surprised too. Not like Robin Williams was some great singer but man this dude is Will Smith. It doesn't sound like Smith is even straining his voice at all and they still had to autotune him for some mundane shit. He can't sing at all.

Frankly, Disney should go back to dubbing in real singers over the actors like they used to do in the past. Not sure how, when or why did this stop being a thing.

Instead we're forced to suffer garbage like Emma Watson sounding like a robot