I ordered the DVD of Aladdin a while ago and then watched it just the other night with my boyfriend and I really liked it. It’s not one of my favourite Disney films but I like the idea of a princess film where the prince is just a normal person rather than being like some of the others, such as Prince Charming who is made out to be perfect and so is pretty much just boring. Aladdin was fun and interesting like the newest princes from Tangled or Frozen. I liked pretty much all the songs but ‘A Whole New World’ is definitely my favourite, while the second best for me is either ‘One Jump Ahead’ which is the song that he sings while running through the market to escape the guards after stealing bread, or ‘You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me’ as I like the playful aspect through both songs that’s seen in Aladdin, Abu and The Genie. The Genie is a great character just because he makes the film so much funnier with his jokes and how over the top he was with everything, such as the parade for Aladdin being a prince where instead of simply dressing Aladdin right and taking him to the palace there is this spectacle through the city with The Genie being hilarious as he jumps around and shape-shifts to spread rumours about Aladdin and make him seem important.
I love the idea of how they are all trapped though as Aladdin claims to be trapped in the life of a thief while Jasmine says she is trapped by the law of her having to marry a prince, and The Genie is trapped by the lamp and yet they set each other free from this while trapping the one character who started off free; Jafar. I felt Jafar was a pretty cool bad guy as although he didn’t do much to start with; just disguising himself, tricking people and mind controlling Jasmine’s father, I did like him once he got his hands on The genie as he was way more powerful and seemed almost insane with his obsession of having ultimate control. The last stand-off scene was one I liked just because rather than any kind of physical or magical fight they could have had, the downfall of Jafar came from outsmarting him and that was just by Aladdin, a guy from the streets rather than a prince.
So despite not being one of my favourites, I did quite like the film, mainly due to the songs and the comedy from The Genie. The next film I’ll watch will probably be to see Guardians of the Galaxy at the cinema so expect a post on that sometime soon, and I’ll see you then.