Everyone on the internet has an opinion about Disney’s live action remake of Aladdin. Whether it’s hating on Naomi Scott, how Will Smith looks as the Genie, or how the original is some masterpiece that should have been left alone, it seems everyone has something to say about it. Now that there’s a full trailer out, I can only expect those voices to intensify.
Our new look at the movie gives us a lot of the moments people have been waiting for. An actual good look at Will Smith in all his VFX glory, singing, flying carpets, and character interactions. Personally, I think it looks fine. Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney movies and this new version does absolutely nothing to ruin the animated version, it’s still there, it’s still good, and it always will be, regardless of how this one turns out.
The singing sounds fine, from the little bit of ‘A Whole New World’ that we are given, it’s hard to tell how the whole thing will turn out, but the pair of Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud sound very similar to the original’s Lea Salonga and Brad Kane. Will Smith’s rendition of ‘Friend Like Me’ sounds like it’s going to be a little less singing and a little more rap, but that’s to be expected. . . and isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Today also brought us the news that Alan Tudyk would be taking on the role of Iago, Jafar’s lackey Parrot who was voiced by Gilbert Gottfried in the original. If you’re not excited about anything else in the film, this should at least be welcome news. Alan Tudyk has made a name for himself because of his fan favorite role in Firefly, but he also has an extensive resume in the voice acting world as well, most recently heard as the Internet Search Guru, Knowsmore.
So, what do you guys think? Did this trailer do anything to to sway your opinion one way or the other? Is Alan Tudyk a suitable replacement for Gilbert Gottfried? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and make sure to tune in to Box Office Showdown on our YouTube channel this saturday for a full breakdown and discussion of the trailer.