ALADDIN

There’s no point in rehashing the plot of Aladdin, Disney’s 2019 live-action remake of their similarly titled 1992 animated film — screenwriters John August and Guy Ritchie (who also directs) closely follow the story of a diamond-in-the-rough street rat and his monkey sidekick who happen upon a magic lamp with a genie inside. Yes, there are additions, roughly 40 minutes of them. Some are bizarre: the Genie (Will Smith) gains a love interest; some are requisite showstoppers for a post-Frozen world: Jasmine (Naomi Scott) gains a new song, “Speechless;” and some eschew universality for specificity: Jafar’s (Marwan Kenzari) quest for … Continue reading ALADDIN