Wednesday, August 10, 2022

ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ

spot_img




‘Aladdin’: An epic disappointment – Movie Review

By Subhash K. Jha
Film: “Aladdin”; Director: Guy Ritchie; Cast: Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud; Rating: *1/2

Will Smith delivers his career’s worst performance as the blue genie in this poor, shoddy, ill-conceived and entirely appalling recreation of a beloved fable. Unlike Robin Williams who was delightfully into it as the voice of the genie in the (far superior) 1992 animation version, Smith crawls, drawls and croons his way through some truly uninspired singing and disinterested acting.

Here is an actor and superstar at the peak of his powers, messing it up with his over-confidence.

Not that Smith could have done much with the material on hand. The writing is so flimsy and trite that this feels more like “Aladdin” for primers than a revisionist version of a tale told so many time that it doesn’t need repeating. Even if it does merit a remake, it cannot be something as obstinately status quo as this.

This “Aladdin” is stiff and unrelentingly obsequious to the original material. The romance between the commoner and the princess with help from the genie, moves with the giggly awkwardness of a child who is thrown on stage at a birthday party to perform without rehearsals. No thought has gone into the plot, which is burdened by its own responsibility of being faithful to the original. It sinks without even trying to swim.

The performances, including that of Mr. Smith (who will find it very hard to live down this embarrassment), are laughably amateurish. Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine sleep-walks through the film with a glazed expression as though not sure of what she is doing in this silly little film, wearing what look like Dimple Kapadia’s discarded costumes from “Ajooba”.

Mena Massoud as Aladdin is no revelation. The monkey on his back – not the film but a real monkey – makes a bigger impression.

The biggest disappointment after Will Smith are the songs and dances where we sense a Bollywood touch, a very low-life kind of Bollywood influence floating around like dust particles after a ragged storm.

Can the genie grant us one more wish and just make this awful film disappear?  (Agency)

- Advertisement -

Yes Punjab - TOP STORIES

Punjab News

Sikh News

Transfers, Postings, Promotions

- Advertisement -spot_img

Stay Connected

22,913FansLike
113,981FollowersFollow

ENTERTAINMENT

National

GLOBAL

OPINION

Need for speed: The 5G promise, its enablers and roadblocks – by T.V. Ramachandran

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently proposed revising the definition of broadband to a minimum download speed of 100 mbps, and uploads at...

Civil services have to improve for better governance – by DC Pathak

There is a widely shared view that the All India Services, which provided the 'steel frame' of governance in a democratic India, granting Constitutional...

Will Pak Army Chief Bajwa or his successor reconcile ties with India? – by Rana Banerji

New Delhi, Aug 2, 2022- On July 25, the Supreme Court's three Judge bench headed by Chief Justice Omar Ata Bandial controversially struck down...

SPORTS

Health & Fitness

Low vitamin D could be behind chronic inflammation

Sydney, Aug 8, 2022- Researchers have found a direct link between low levels of vitamin D and high levels of inflammation. The findings, led by a team from University of South Australia, provides an important biomarker to identify people at higher risk of or severity of chronic illnesses with an inflammatory component. Inflammation is an essential part of the body's healing...

Gadgets & Tech

error: Content is protected !!