Disney’s Aladdin (2019) – A Magic Carpet Thrill Ride

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Director: Guy Ritchie

Writers: John August and Guy Ritchie

Producers: Ivan Atkinson, Kevin De La Noy, Jonathan Eirich, Max Keene, Dan Lin, Karl McMillan, Mark Mostyn, and Marc Platt

Starring: Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban,  and Nasim Pedrad

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Despite some narrative bloat, one too many climaxes, and a slightly inconsistent character arc from our protagonist, “Aladdin” manages to make up for these issues with outrageous entertainment, amusement, charm, and enchantment.

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The original score (Alan Menken), musical numbers (both adapted and original), and dance choreography are splendidly enjoyable. The editing (James Herbert) is superb, as one would expect with Guy Ritchie’s signature style. The art direction and VFX, use of color and lighting, costume design (Michael Wilkinson), hair and makeup, and production design (Gemma Jackson) are gorgeously crafted. Finally, the cinematography (Alan Stewart) is intricately developed, with expertly handled long takes, sweeping, grandiose scene-setting shots…

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