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Aladdin is basically Hitch, except a musical and Will Smith is blue. Who realized that our beloved childhood movie was really about a guy learning some good pickup game?
Aladdin, the motion picture, had some twists to the original. For one, it picks apart the issues with the original Disney Princesses and attempts to fix the "problem of the generic Princess" in one movie. Unfortunately, the message comes across a little strong and extremely forced.
What saves this movie isn't the twists and turns it tries to take on the classic cartoon, but its authenticity and creating upon the original. For example. Mena Massoud's parkour and dance skills were extremely impressive. Jasmine got her own song, and Naomi Scott has a gorgeous voice. Though Robin Williams is an all time great and no one can really replace him, Will Smith was stunning as Genie and gave Genie a flair and coolness that no one else would have been able to pull off.
Ultimately, this movie is good, but it could have been great if it stuck to the true meaning of "Aladdin," which ironically is all about being yourself.
As a female that actually used to be an exotic dancer, I was expecting dancing that was centered around the beauty of the male body. In most strip clubs, the female is put on a stage/ pedestal and does extremely difficult pole tricks high above a mostly male audience. Men generally don't touch the women while they are performing and money comes pretty easy. I have never been to a male strip club, but I would think it's the same kind of situation. Good looking men are on stage doing their thing while women gaze upon them and throw up money. In Magic Mike XL, a good half hour of the movie was dedicated to the cheap tricks the men had to do to make their money. The slimed their greasy bodies and faces all over women in order to make the girls throw money to them one dollar at a time. One guy even had someone touch his penis and it looked like she gave him about two dollars for it. In most female strip clubs, this would have been illegal and the girl would have been fired and looked down upon by the managers and the rest of the girls. The men in this scene reminded me slightly of sex slaves the way that they were exploited and how the female owner of the strip club was using their sex appeal and charisma to make her own money. There was no protection for the guys and the girls seemed to be able to do and touch whatever they wanted. Yet somehow, everyone is cool with applauding this movie and many women have bragged about seeing it multiple times in the theaters.
The books are so much more compelling to read. When Sirius died in the books, I cried and cried. In the Goblet of Fire, there were barely any appearances from Sirius, and the Order of the Pheonix didn't show the most heartbreaking and important scenes like in the book. Dumbledore and Harry arguing was one of them. But I can say this movie turned out much better than the Goblet of Fire did.
I'm upset this movie didn't make top lists for 2007. It was one of my favorite films this year especially in between all those remakes and sequels. Jodie Foster makes her character believable.