After a series of teasers, Disney has finally dropped the first real trailer for their live-action remake of Aladdin. So far the released production stills, and the teasers Disney has released have drawn negative responses, but this trailer helps repair some of that image. The trailer is full of color, grand sets, breathtaking scenery, action, and shows off just how fun this movie is going to be.
The trailer starts with Aladdin (Mena Massoud) being chased through the streets for thievery, and you instantly get the sense of how fast-paced and well choreographed the action scenes of the movie are. It’s there, while escaping authorities, that Aladdin first lays eyes on Jasmine (Naomi Scott). Flower petal fall around her, and you know, he is instantly in love. It also provides a motivation for everything Aladdin does next.
The trailer cuts to Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) offering Aladdin all sorts of riches – “rich enough to impress a princess”, if only he will go to the Cave of Wonders, and bring him back the lamp. Aladdin does as he’s told, but when he’s in the cave, he lifts the lamp and rubs it, and the Genie (Will Smith) swirls out.
There’s been a lot of controversy over Will Smith being blue (as the traditional animated version) or not, as different production stills have shown both. Here, we finally get an answer. When the Genie first swirls out of the lamp, he is larger than life, with a booming voice, and blue skin. It’s there that we get a sneak peak of a hopping “Friend Like Me” sequence. When Aladdin and the Genie get down to business though, on what wishes Aladdin is going to make, the Genie poofs into a normal sized person with normal (not blue) skin.
Aladdin, of course, asks the Genie to make him a prince so that he can woo Jasmine. We actually get a crack from the Genie about Aladdin needing to make his wish more specific before he fulfills it, which is refreshing and funny. When the Genie does fulfill the wish, it’s love story time, as the Genie plays matchmaker with Aladdin and Jasmine, and the two find “A Whole New World” together.
While the trailer shows off some of the humor, plot, and characters, it also takes pains to show us how visually stunning and action packed the the film is. The sets for the fictional city of Agrabah and the Cave of Wonders are detailed, colorful, and immense. There are also gorgeous shots of the desert scenery. The costumes, which are absurdly colorful, are a little over-the-top for me, and I wish they made them seem a little more realistic, and a little bit less like they just walked off a Broadway stage. The scores is beautiful and haunting, and really gives you the sense of the tone of each scene. The pace of the trailer is wonderful, and the choreography of a lot of the action scenes is impressive. It’s clear Disney spared no expense on this film.
Trailers can be deceiving. They can take the best parts of a bad movie and package them into something that looks great. Hopefully, though, that isn’t the case here, because if the movie is as good as the trailer is, this is going to be a lot of fun. Aladdin hits theaters on May 24.
You can watch the trailer here.